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SeXX and Immunity: Exploring the impact of female biology on immune responses to infectious disease

It’s Time to Address a Knowledge Gap

The X chromosome does more than determine sex! When we treat biological sex (XX versus XY chromosomes) as a variable in immunity and diseases, it can lead to a new understanding of the underpinnings of disease. The COVID-19 pandemic helped amplify awareness about sex-specific differences in immunity against infection, however, we still have a lot to learn. Sex differences in disease outcomes are not limited to infectious diseases – they are observed in outcomes of autoimmune diseases and cancers, and even in response to vaccination.

MIT’s “SeXX and Immunity” Series Addresses Gap

On January 19, 2022, MIT will kick off a new series of discussions and seminars called “SeXX and Immunity.” These sessions will explore our understanding of sex differences and sex dimorphism in relation to immune responses and how presentations of infectious diseases differ based on biology.

Our first session will feature Dr. Sabra Klein of Johns Hopkins University, for a talk titled “SeXX matters for viral infection and vaccination.

Seminar at 4:00PM, 32-144

Poster Session Reception at 5:00PM, R&D Commons

Registration Information

Pre-registration deadline: January 18, 2022 at 12:00PM
After this time, onsite registration may be available on a space-permitting basis.

Registration Fees (in USD)

— Industry: $25

— Academic: $10

— Students: Complimentary (must register with academic email address and present a valid student ID.)

— Poster Submitters: Complimentary with submitted poster (must attend in person. Poster submitters will receive information separately about abstract submission.)

— Virtual Attendance: Complimentary (poster session not included.)

NOTE: No refunds can be issued for changes from in-person to virtual attendance.

Payment methods accepted: Card Card (MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Discover) or MIT account number. Registration fees are not refundable.


January 19, 2022
4:00 pm
Free – $25


Stata Center, Building 32
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States