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SeXX and Immunity

March 2, 2022

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The X chromosome does more than determine sex! When we treat biological sex (XX versus XY chromosomes) as a variable in immunity and diseases, it can lead to a new understanding of the underpinnings of disease. The COVID-19 pandemic helped amplify awareness about sex-specific differences in immunity against infection, however, we still have a lot to learn. Sex differences in disease outcomes are not limited to infectious diseases – they are observed in outcomes of autoimmune diseases and cancers, and even in response to vaccination.

On January 19, 2022, MIT will kick off a new series of discussions and seminars called “SeXX and Immunity.” These sessions will explore our understanding of sex differences and sex dimorphism in relation to immune responses and how presentations of infectious diseases differ based on biology.

Our first session will feature Dr. Sabra Klein of Johns Hopkins University, for a talk titled “SeXX matters for viral infection and vaccination.


March 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm




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