Tom Bollyky -Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

Check it out! Tom Bollyky, an honorary Bollyky lab member, has published his first book!

From the review on amazon.com (Plagues and the Paradox of Progress):

“Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the story of its decline. For the first time in recorded history, virus, bacteria, and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hopes that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities, and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. In this book, Thomas Bollyky explores the paradox in our fight against infectious disease: the world is getting healthier in ways that should make us worry.

Bollyky interweaves a grand historical narrative about the rise and fall of plagues in human societies with contemporary case studies of the consequences. Bollyky visits Dhaka―one of the most densely populated places on the planet―to show how low-cost health tools helped enable the phenomenon of poor world megacities. He visits China and Kenya to illustrate how dramatic declines in plagues have affected national economies. Bollyky traces the role of infectious disease in the migrations from Ireland before the potato famine and to Europe from Africa and elsewhere today.

Historic health achievements are remaking a world that is both worrisome and full of opportunities. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next.”

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Michelle Bach Presents at WHS

Michelle Bach presented her research at the annual Wound Healing Society meeting in Charlotte, NC in May, 2018.  As perhaps the only undergraduate presenting her research at a large, international conference, Michelle blew everyone away.  She also won a travel award from the  WHS, a Major Grant from Stanford University, and a UAR conference grant, also from Stanford.  In short, Michelle crushed it. She also met Lightning McQueen at the NASCAR museum.

Hedwich Kuipers joins University of Calgary Faculty!

 

Congratulations and good luck to Hedwich Kuipers as she leaves Stanford and the Bollyky lab to take up a faculty position at the University of Calgary!

Hedwich  will be an Assistant Professor of Neuroimmunology at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases. She will be studying the role of astrocytes in neuroinflammation.

 

Nadine Nagy and the Bollyky Lab published in JBC

Nadine Nagy,  Gernot Kaber, Mike Kratochvil and Koshika Yadava recent ly published their work entitled “Hyaluronan content governs tissue stiffness in pancreatic islet inflammation” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  This study is the first to measure the mechanical properties of an inflamed tissue and the first to link changes in tissue stiffness to hyaluronan content.  Because tissue stiffness impacts insulin production by Beta cells, these findings may help explain how islet inflammation impacts glycemic control.

Gernot Kaber wins Mentor of the Year award!

Gernot Kaber, a Research Associate in the Bollyky Lab, recently won the Immunology Department’s Award for Mentor of the Year.   Gernot is a devoted and patient teacher, a talented molecular biologist, and a jack-of-all-trades who keeps the lab (and most of our equipment!) running.   Gernot is the person who everyone goes to when they’re wondering what to try next.   Congratulations Gernot on a well-deserved award!!!