Parasites could hold the key to immune-mediated disease – Dr Sheila Donnelly

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We all know someone with type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis allergies or asthma. Parasites could hold the key. [Female researcher talking to camera]
My research is focused on using parasitic worms to develop novel treatments for these diseases. We know once these parasitic worms infect their human host they regulate the immune response to make sure they can last and live for a very long time in their host to complete their lifecycle. We’re hoping to exploit the mechanisms the parasite worms use to regulate the immune response and develop new treatments for immune-mediated disease. I’m Sheila Donnelly and I work in the School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science at UTS.

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