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The Influence of HIV on Immunity to Malaria in Cameroonian Women and Neonates

Date/Time: 21 January 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Anna Babakhanyan, Ph.D.
Speaker Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Global Health and Diseases, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Venue: John A. Burns School of Medicine, Kaka’ako Campus, 651 Ilalo Street, MEB Auditorium (Room 315)

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Description: Dr. Anna Babakhanyan, who received a Ph.D. from the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Northern Pacific Global Health Program to conduct clinical field research in Yaounde, Cameroon in 2013. She was also the recipient of the prestigious “Centennial Award”, from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, to conduct research in Kenya in 2014. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV has declined dramatically, but HIV-exposed uninfected children have higher morbidity and mortality compared to infants born to HIV-uninfected mothers in low- and middle-income countries. Maternally acquired immunity is fundamental for protection of neonates against infectious diseases during the first year of life. Dr. Babakhanyan’s research focuses on the impact of HIV on immunity to Plasmodium falciparum malaria in pregnant women and neonates. Her long-term research goal is to develop interventions for malaria and HIV by identifying host mechanisms that mediate protection and immunological memory.
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