BDI scientist in call for ‘re-wilding’ immunology

Dr Jérôme Le Nours
Dr Jérôme Le Nours

Monash BDI’s Dr Jérôme Le Nours is part of a multidisciplinary research team from more than 10 universities and research institutes arguing that the biomedical research cycle integrate a more diverse set of species and environments. Their call, published in Science, maintains that understanding how the immune system works in animals that live with coronaviruses in a natural environment can give us direction for developing treatments and vaccines to protect humans from viruses. The viruses that cause COVID-19, AIDS, Ebola and rabies, among others, all made the lethal jump from wildlife into humans. “We are really excited to see how our initial group discussions held at the first Australian Wild and Comparative Immunology (WACI) workshop led to publishing a Perspective article in a world leading journal,” said co-author Dr Le Nours, co-organiser of the WACI meeting. Lead author was Dr Andrew Flies from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. The story attracted considerable attention in The National Tribune, Tasmanian Times, 7th Space,  Mirage, Infosurhoy and BrightSurf.