Immune systems are suddenly top-of-mind as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live and work. The pandemic has also increased public awareness of newly emerging viruses. Our immune systems play a critical role in protecting us from viral infections. However, if these responses are not tightly regulated, they can cause damage to surrounding tissues.

In a Science Café, hosted online on May 26, 2020, Health Sciences Prof. Edana Cassol discussed how our immune systems recognize and respond to viruses, and how dysregulation of these processes can contribute to the development of disease. She also discussed her recent research evaluating how metabolism can be used to fine tune antiviral immune responses. Watch it by clicking the play button below!

Explore science through Carleton University’s popular Science Cafés, now being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope to resume our in-person Science Cafés in the future, generally held twice a month during the fall and winter terms at the Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. For now, you are invited to join us online throughout the summer for a lively discussion around a scientific issue of the day. Be prepared to be informed, engaged and even amused, as our professors share their scientific discoveries with you. All are welcome to join us via Zoom Webinar.

Visit the Science Café website for more information on upcoming online Science Cafés and to sign up for our newsletter, or contact the Faculty of Science by email at and by telephone at 613-520-4388.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 in ,
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