How a few drops of blood led to a breakthrough in immunology

Research

Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre may have cracked the code to understanding the function of special cells called regulatory T Cells. The findings could have a major impact in our understanding and treatment of all autoimmune diseases and most chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease as well as broader conditions such as asthma, allergies and cancer.

Biofilms – the eradication has begun

Research

Biofilms, the slimy, glue-like membranes that protect microbes from the body’s immune system and increase their resistance to antibiotics, represent one of the biggest threats to patients in hospital settings. But there is good news – a research team led by the RI-MUHC and SickKids in Toronto has developed a novel enzyme technology that prevents the formation of biofilms and can also break them down.

Chronic pain changes our immune systems

Research

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports. Epigenetics may bring us one step closer to better treatments for people who suffer chronic pain.