Friday, November 14, 2014

December 6, 2014 - Bringing up Baby

Science on Tap
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Chama River Brewing Company
4939 Pan American Freeway
505 342.1800


PhD Candidate - Victoria Hansen

Bringing up baby: the immunology of pregnancy

Pregnancy poses a number of immunological problems.  The maternal system must tolerate a foreign tissue in the form of an embryo and fetus for as long as 9 months in the case of humans, while still protecting the woman from infection.  Complex systems have evolved to insure the immune system doesn’t reject the fetus, but these can break down leading to complications and miscarriage.  My research takes a comparative approach by studying mammals distantly related to humans to discover common solutions.  This research has implications for understanding how animals evolve from being egg laying to live bearing, something that has happened many time in vertebrates.

Coming up in February 5th, 2015;
Dr Stephen Myer
 Beyond Red: A history of thermal imaging