Still Learning from Leprosy

  • Barry R. Bloom
  • Padmini Salgame
  • Jacinto Convit
  • Masahiro Yamamura
  • Robert L. Modlin
Conference paper


Reciprocity is not a value usually associated with scientific endeavors, yet perhaps no area of biomedical science has greater possibilities for providing reciprocal insights between basic science and clinical medicine than the immunology of infectious diseases. Basic knowledge of the immune system is clearly essential to understand pathogenesis of many infectious diseases and to develop new interventions to modulate or control resistance to infectious pathogens. It is increasingly clear that study of the interactions between pathogens and the immune system is reciprocally providing extraordinarily valuable insights in the fundamental questions of function and regulation of the immune system. Leprosy provides a wonderful example of the reciprocity between basic immunology and clinical medicine.


Suppressor Cell Lepromatous Leprosy Clonal Anergy Tuberculoid Leprosy Lepromatous Leprosy Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry R. Bloom
    • 1
  • Padmini Salgame
    • 1
  • Jacinto Convit
    • 2
  • Masahiro Yamamura
    • 3
  • Robert L. Modlin
    • 3
  1. 1.Departement of Microbiology & ImmunologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA
  2. 2.Instituto de BiomedicinaCaracasVenezuela
  3. 3.Division of Dermatology, Departement of Microbiology & ImmunologyUCLA School of MedicineLos AngelkesUSA

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