June 20, 2013 “Autoimmunity: When Defense Goes on Offense” Prof. Stephen Pelsue, USM Department of Applied Medical Sciences
Autoimmune disease is a class of diseases that consist of around 80 clinically distinct conditions that affect about 20 million Americans. Autoimmunity is caused by the immune system targeting the self cells and tissues rather than defending against harmful pathogens (microbes, viruses, fungi, etc). In this talk Prof. Pelsue will discus the function of the immune system and the consequences when it does not function properly. In addition Prof. Pelsue will present his own research on the molecular genetics of the autoimmune disease Lupus.
Professor Pelsue is a Faculty member in the Department of Applied Medical Sciences at USM and has spent the past 20 years working on understanding the genetic basis of the development of the immune system and causes of autoimmunity.