Tulane University to Launch Study on Why Women Have Stronger Immune Systems Thanks to $1m Grant

Tulane University to Launch Study on Why Women Have Stronger Immune Systems Thanks to $1m Grant

Why do women have stronger immune systems than men?  A $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to Tulane University will contribute to a study seeking to answer that very question. Do women have an extra line of defense in their immune systems that gives them an advantage over men in fighting infections? The team in Louisiana hopes to answer this question and more.
The grant was awarded to a team of researchers at the Tulane University School of Medicine led by James McLachlan, PhD, associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology. Part of a familiar team—he will collaborate with his father—Weatherhead Professor of Pharmacology John McLachlan, PhD, a national expert in women’s health and estrogen action, and Price Goldsmith Professor of Nutrition Dr. Franck Mauvais Jarvis, a leading researcher on sex differences.
Some Background Science
The Tulane University press release emphasized that it is well accepted in immunology that almost all immune responses are initiated in distinct “immune” organs, called lymphoid tissues. These include the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes behave like immunological train stations where immune cells converge and meet up to respond to various in...

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