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24.01.2018 18:00 - 19:00 o'clock

MiCoCo: Pneumococcal interactions with the host

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Birgitta Henriques Normark, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Pneumococcal infections are major contributors to morbidity and mortality world-wide. They are the major cause of common infectious such as otitis, sinusitis and community-acquired pneumonia, but also of more severe diseases including septicemia and meningitis. Even though pneumococci are devastating pathogens they also colonize harmlessly healthy children attending day-care centers from where they may spread and cause disease also in the adult population. Emerging resistance to antibiotics threatens effective therapy. Current vaccination with pneumococcal conjugated vaccines have reduced the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease in the youngest children, but also promoted the emergence of non-vaccine types also in non-vaccinated populations. Hence, novel approaches for prevention is needed. Pneumococcal interactions with the host evoke inflammatory responses leading to disease symptoms and both bacterial and host factors are important for disease development. The talk will go from the epidemiology and vaccination to more mechanistic insight into pneumococcal-host interactions and pathogenesis of meningitis.

Date: January 24th 2018

Time: 6 pm

Location: Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal)

All interested are cordially invited!

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