Beyond killing tuberculosis


Historically, our view of host defence against infection was that we must eliminate pathogens to eradicate disease. However, this perspective has recently been challenged as scientists have taken a lesson from plant biologists about an ancient strategy involving the ability to “tolerate” rather than “resist” infection to maintain health.

Meet RIPK3: Good Cop, Bad Cop, all rolled in one


A team of scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and McGill, led by Immunologist Dr. Maziar Divangahi, have discovered a protein that could soon help minimize the impact of the influenza season and become a critical player in the fight against lung infections.

Study calls for targeted screening of high-risk healthcare workers for TB


Tuberculosis is a recognized hazard for healthcare workers, but the annual screening strategy currently in place in Canada and the United States is costly with very limited health benefits and should be reconsidered, according to a new study led by a team from the RI-MUHC. The findings suggest health agencies in North America should consider switching to a targeted strategy focusing on high-risk healthcare workers only.

Preventable deaths of children with HIV


According to the World Health Organization, 150,000 children with HIV under 15 years of age died of opportunistic infections in low-to-middle income countries in 2014 alone. But a new study suggests that many of these infections and deaths potentially preventable had the children received antiretroviral therapy to support their depleted immune systems.

Going the extra mile to fight TB

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March 24th marks World TB Day. Tuberculosis (TB) is curable and preventable but continues to affect more than 9 million people worldwide, and cause 1.5 million deaths every year according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For the past three years in Montreal, research leaders have been working together under the umbrella of the McGill International TB Centre to better understand, diagnose and treat TB and other mycobacterial diseases.