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The CIIDI and the Department of Surgery to Host Seminar by Dr. Aaron K. Neumann

The Department of Surgery and the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity are pleased to announce that Dr. Aaron K. Neumann, an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of New Mexico will be on campus to deliver a lecture on his research into the innate immune defense against the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida.  The title of Dr. Neumanns seminar is: Micro- and nanoscale interplay of C-type lectins and cell wall ligands during innate immune defense against Candida .

Candida is a genus of yeast responsible for most fungal infections worldwide. Many species of Candida are harmless but others can cause an infection called candidiasis, which can be superficial as in the case of thrush or it can a systemic infection which is associated with high mortality. If patients have compromised immune systems, Candida can cause a systematic infection of the bloodstream or other major organs. This is called candidemia. Candidemia affects over 90,000 patients annually. At risk patients most often already have a diagnosis that can lead to impaired immunity including HIV, diabetes, or have a history of prolonged antibiotic usage. Dr. Neumanns work aims to understand how our bodies respond to Candida at the nano- and microscale levels, meaning how some of the smallest detectable elements in our bodies behave and contribute to health outcomes at the early stages of Candida infection.

Dr. Neumann is a Kingsport native who received his Bachelors degree from King College.  Dr. Neumann received his doctoral degree in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill prior to joining the Dept. of Pathology at Univ. of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Please plan to attend Dr. Neumanns seminar on Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00am. The talk will be held in VA Building 1, Room 2-38, the Surgery Conference Room.

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Dr. Aaron Neumann, PhD.


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