COVID-19: An Immunology Boot Camp to Understand Your Immune System  

Thursday, April 29, 2021   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Pathogens or infections have presented a perpetual challenge to man in tandem with evolution. While over the past two centuries (especially, the past 100 years) we have made great advances in decreasing our vulnerability to infections, we still can and do die from a wide variety of organisms. It has been postulated that in virtually all instances when we succumb to an infection, an inadequacy or deficiency in our immune system is combined with some evolutionary trick the organism has acquired during its own evolution, designed to evade our sophisticated defenses.  


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to ask increasingly sophisticated questions about our own what immune systems such as what is immunity, what is resistance, what do antibodies do versus T cells, what factors govern re-infection, what does viral escape mean and how does this relate to vaccine therapies, among many, many more. 


Dr. Leonard Calabrese, Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, will walk through the natural history of COVID-19 and use it as a learning tool to understand the wonders and complexity of the immune system and finally what you can do to strengthen your own. There will be time for Q+A following his talk. 


About Leonard Calabrese

Llen-calabrese-headshoteonard Calabrese, D.O. is Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of  Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, Vice-Chair of the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, and the Co-director of the Centre for Vasculitis Care and Research. He also serves as Director of the RJ Fasenmyer Centre for Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. He holds appointments in the Departments of Infectious Diseases and the Wellness Institute.  

Dr. Calabrese has particular clinical and research interests in vascular inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, primary and secondary immunodeficiency states, and the intersections of infections and autoimmunity. He serves as the editor of Healio Rheumatology and for over 20 years has developed innovative programs to teach basic, clinical, and translational immunology to care providers of patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Over the course of his academic research career, he has authored over 400 publications including books and chapters,                                                                                                                and peer-reviewed articles.




Topic: COVID-19: An Immunology Boot Camp to Understand Your Immune System  

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (ET)

Limit: 100 participants

Cost: Free to Members and Non-members


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