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Immune System

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Jasmin Chahal

Assistant Professor

I teach in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University.
Rod Russell

Dr. Rod Russell

Professor of Virology and Immunology

I run a research lab where we study viruses and how they cause disease.
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What’s Special About the New COVID-19 Vaccines?

Learn about viruses, vaccines and why the new COVID-19 vaccines are innovative.

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Resources on Immunology

Resource page including articles and career profiles related to immunology.

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Creating a Vaccine for COVID-19 in Canada

Learn how vaccines are developed, how they work and how some scientists in Canada are researching vaccines for COVID-19.

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Herd Immunity: How Vaccines Protect the Most Vulnerable

What is herd immunity and how does it protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities?

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Immunity and Vaccination

Learn about the history of vaccines and how vaccines trigger an immune response that keep us from getting some dangerous diseases.

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Organ Transplantation

Learn about organ transplantation - what it is, how it can save lives, how your immune system responds, and how the matching process works.

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The Immune Response: A Cellular War

An inflammatory response is your body’s attempt to fight invaders. Learn how your body springs into action when attacked!

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Why Do People Get Hangovers?

Why does drinking too much alcohol make people feel so bad? Read about four theories.

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Can Your Own Cells Cure Cancer?

When a person has cancer, CAR-T Therapy uses their own cells to destroy the cancer cells in their body.

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My Stem Cell Donation Story

In April 2016, Let’s Talk Science volunteer Daniel Tarade donated stem cells to help a person who needed a stem cell transplant to survive. Learn what stem cells are, how and why people donate, and what Daniel’s experience was like.

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The Immune Response

When you cut your finger, your immune system kicks in to protect you from pathogens.