Entries by Jennifer Huynh

Calling all MAITs: teaming up to solve the intricacies of the immune system

Specialised immune cells, called MAIT cells, receive activation signals from the immune system to fight bacteria. Without the right signals and guidance, they can contribute to cancer and autoimmune diseases. Little was known about how signals were provided to MAIT cells, until now. Australian-based researchers have zoomed in on the molecular intricacies of the ‘go’ […]

Vision Australia Radio interview – Erica on Art & Ophthalmology

Kenneth Phua recently invited Dr Erica Tandori of Monash University onto his program ‘Seeing Without Eyes’ to discuss accessibility in the arts. Kenneth enjoyed the discussion so much he invited Erica back once again to hear more about her career. Erica discusses her vision loss, her experience of dealing with the medical industry and finding […]

Discovery of new T-cell raises prospect of ‘universal’ cancer therapy

Researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that offers hope of a “one-size-fits-all” cancer therapy. T-cell therapies for cancer – where immune cells are removed, modified and returned to the patient’s blood to seek and destroy cancer cells – are the latest paradigm in cancer treatments. The most widely-used therapy, […]

Our recent coeliac disease research featured in the Age

Coeliac disease linked to bacteria exposure The Age article by Liam Mannix. Original article Exposure to bacteria that mimics gluten can confuse the immune system and trigger coeliac disease, Melbourne scientists have shown for the first time. The results raise the possibility of using probiotics or developing a vaccine to prevent the disease, which affects nearly […]