Join us on May 2, 2019 at 10 am Pacific / 1pm Eastern to learn about the influence of environmental factors on autoimmune diseases, which collectively affect more than 23.5 million Americans today and are becoming increasingly prevalent. Dr. Sarah J. Blossom, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will highlight factors and biological mechanisms by which environmental factors (e.g., toxicant exposures) disrupt the immune system so as to initiate or exacerbate autoimmunity and autoimmune disease. Dr. Jennifer Nyland, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Henson Honors Program in Science and Mathematics at Salisbury University, will specifically discuss the impacts of mercury. While the neurotoxicity of mercury at high doses has been known for some time, there is now a growing body of research supporting the immunotoxic nature of mercury at low dose exposures. Dr. Nyland will present data demonstrating the role of mercury in modulating the immune response, particularly as it pertains to autoimmunity.
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