NHMRC funding success 2016

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Conjoint Professor Peter Wark has been awarded more than $609,000 in NHMRC Project Grant funding commencing in 2016 for his research project How the placental protein Syncytin impairs maternal immune responses to influenza.


About the project

Pregnant women are known to be highly susceptible to certain viral infections, especially influenza, which results in severe illness and even death. The reason for this transitory susceptibility are unknown. We have found that a protein, Syncytin, has the ability to impair maternal immune responses to influenza We now will determine how it does this and discover potential interventions to reverse these effects.

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