Promising nose spray could prevent and treat COVID-19

A newly discovered small molecule could be sprayed into people’s noses to prevent COVID-19 illness prior to exposure and provide early treatment if administered soon after infection, according to a study in mice led by Cornell researchers.

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New study defines spread of SARS-CoV-2 in white-tailed deer

North American white-tailed deer – shown in 2021 surveys of five states to have SARS-CoV-2 infection rates of up to 40% – shed and transmit the virus for up to five days once infected, according to a new study.

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Patient possibly cured of HIV infection by special stem-cell transplant

A patient living with HIV who received a blood stem cell transplant for high-risk acute myeloid leukemia has been free of the virus for 14 months after stopping HIV antiretroviral drug treatment, suggesting a cure, according to the Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian physician-scientists who performed the transplant and managed her care.

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Four assistant professors win 2022 Sloan fellowships

Assistant professors Pamela Chang, Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz, Daniel Halpern-Leistner and Peter McMahon have won 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Existing drug may protect against COVID lung injury

An FDA-approved drug that has been in clinical use for more than 70 years may protect against lung injury in severe COVID-19 cases, according to a preclinical study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

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Study finds gut fungi influence neuroimmunity, behavior

A specific group of fungi residing in the intestines can protect against intestinal injury and influence social behavior, according to new preclinical research by scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Eight center members to receive Academic Integration seed funding

Eight Center for Immunology members has been awarded Seed Funds from Cornell University’s Office of Academic Integration. The grants will support a wide array of work from research on a Pan-Coronavirus vaccine to a project to develop a microbial delivery system for a unique treatment of colorectal cancer.

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New view of lymph nodes shows immune cells in real time

Cornell researchers have for the first time imaged the entire depth of the lymph nodes in a living mouse using three-photon microscopy, which enabled them to observe the dynamic interactions of immune cells.

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Targeting brain’s immune cells may block Alzheimer’s

A gene mutation linked to Alzheimer’s disease alters a signaling pathway in certain immune cells of individuals with the disease, according to a new study by scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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