A scientist from Ballyjamesduff has just published a groundbreaking paper in Nature describing a novel way of activating the immune system.
Shane Cronin's research has huge medical implications and probably will lead to a novel treatment very soon.
Shane's paper describes activating the immune system by modulating a building block of the happiness hormone serotonin.
For decades researchers have been trying to unravel the complex mechanisms of our immune system. Insights gathered have paved the way for a new era of cancer therapy. If our immune system is activated, the body is able to defend itself against cancer cells and invading pathogens.
Here Shane describes the discovery:
This approach has revolutionized cancer therapy and resulted in this year's Nobel Prize for Medcine. An international research team led by Josef Penninger at IMBA, Vienna, and Clifford Woolf of the Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University, now report on the insights into the biology and activation of immune T cells.
The authors also show that this new pathway for T cell activation is druggable – to either block multiple autoimmune diseases or to enhance anti-cancer immunity.