Climate change, along with natural and human-made health stressors, can have a profound effect on the human immune system and health. Water quality, pollution, and other environmental stressors can increase susceptibility to disease, especially in vulnerable populations. A warming climate and increasing exposure to allergens may disrupt antigen-specific tolerance, leading to a rise in immunologic disease.Vector-borne illness and emerging pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2, can cause epidemics that result in profound disruptions in global health security. Malnutrition is known to affect both innate and adaptive immunity, increasing susceptibility to disease, especially among children. Recent evidence points to the microbiome as a key player in the immune system, with declining biodiversity potentially leading to inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurological diseases.
In this webinar, we will explore these challenges and focus on ways that science and innovation can help mitigate some of the negative impacts of climate change on human health, such as devising novel vaccine approaches, investing in discovery science that elucidates the inner workings of the human immune system, and supporting research to translate this knowledge into the development of enhanced disease treatments and immunotherapies.
During this webinar, the panelists will:
- Discuss the burden climate change is placing on the human immune system, and explore how that burden is being borne inequitably by poor and vulnerable populations
- Highlight critical research areas with the greatest potential to mitigate the impact of climate change on human health
- Identify potential pathways for policy makers, research funders, and medical and scientific communities to support climate change–focused health research
- Answer questions from the online audience during the broadcast.
This webinar will last for approximately 60 minutes.