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Amali Samarasinghe, PhD

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University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Allergic Asthma, Murine Models, Influenza



Allergic asthma is a pulmonary disease with high global incidence and economic burden. Asthma was found to be an underlying disease in patients that were hospitalized during the 2009 influenza pandemic, although retrospective studies showed that fewer asthmatics died from influenza. We have created a murine model system to study influenza pathogenesis in the context of allergic asthma. Our preliminary findings suggest a role for eosinophils in promoting anti-viral immunity in the allergic host.

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