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Measuring The Healthy Immune System Convergence Team

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Correlating Immunological Health to Cancer Susceptibility

Team Leader

  • Mark Davis, PhD

    Team Leader
    Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and the Director of the Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection at Stanford University
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About This Team’s Research

A preliminary analysis of over 450 adults showed that the immune response to influenza vaccine may be correlated with cancer susceptibility. In a small subset of elderly subjects who received the influenza vaccine, subjects with less robust immune response were more likely to develop and succumb to cancer. This team will correlate the varying immune cell (T- and B-cell populations) repertoires in individual patients with cancer susceptibility, comparing the results to a separate cohort of patients who are immune deficient. Even partial success could lead to testable signatures for cancer prediction.

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