Newly discovered T-cells in newborns | Dr Abhishek Das

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  • Dr Das presents his research into a new type of T cell abundant in unborn children but not in adults, and their potential role in preventing infection in newborn children.

    50% of all deaths in children under five occur within the first 28 days of life, and half of these are caused by infection. This equates to 3500 potentially preventable deaths every day in children under 5.

    Dr Das’ research has uncovered a new type of T cell, named CXCL8+ effector T cells, and explores what their role might be in the neonatal immune system and preventing sepsis.

    Dr Abhishek Das is an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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