Welcome to Emmunity.org

We aim to be a comprehensive resource for learning about the immune system, but we’re still working on it. Check out our podcasts here on Audiommunity or on soundcloud, and our graphics and animations at Visimmunity.

12 thoughts on “Home

  1. Arlene Woodruff

    OK, not being a scientist it took me a couple of times through Episode 1 before I started to get the concepts. There have been better transplant results when combining bone marrow transplants with other organs (from the same source). Would this have any implication for people who have already had an organ transplant and are currently on anti-rejection drugs? (If so I will be telling my cousin how to proceed with his doctors!) Also, with the chance of finding an exact match being so small – is the bone marrow registry effective?

    1. Matt

      The answer to your question may not be known. I think the answer that the authors would give you is that the bone marrow transplantation needs to be done simultaneously to provide the benefits that they see, but I’m not aware (although there may be) of studies looking at what happens if you bone marrow transplant after extended immune suppression.

      To answer your second question, this is exactly why we must have a bone marrow registry. With the odds of finding someone so low, an exact match is extremely hard to come by and so an extremely broad net has to be cast in order to find an exact match. It’s important to point out that even finding someone who is a “close” match (4-5 out of 6 matched MHC proteins) has a much better chance of long term graft survival than a complete mismatch.

  2. Robin Datta

    I don’t do SoundCloud, Facebook or Twitter. Is there an alternate way to access your podcasts. TWIV says they are on iTunes, but iTunes does not seem to have them.

    1. kevin Post author

      How do you typically listen to podcasts?

      There are several ways to get access to our podcast. The Mp3 is attached to the post here on the website, so you could come and download it manually (but that’s a pain). If you have a podcast app, you should be able to grab our RSS feed (over to the right of the webpage) and plug that in, or you should be able to find us on itunes and subscribe. TWiV should be there too though – are you looking in the main music store of itunes or in the podcast directory?

    2. Simon

      I think, like me, you were searching for “emmunity” when it is “audiommunity” that we should be looking for.

  3. Robin Datta

    I’m a retired Emergency Physician who was in the last class to graduate from Dacca Medical College in East Pakistan: since the Bangladesh government refused to recognise it and so I retook the exam and was in the first class to graduate from Bangladesh. My immunology was Stone Age immunology: thanks for your podcasts.

    My anatomy professor had a pocked face from smallpox.

    I had malaria 4 times diagnosed by the symptoms & signs by my father and treated with chloroquine. He was once a regimental medical officer in the Burma campaign in the Second World War, and he had cerebral malaria. I also remember having mumps with swollen parotids (didn’t know they were parotids then).

    Variola. Is smallpox. Chickenpox is varicella (varicella zoster virus).

    Also, bacteria is plural. “A bacteria” makes the speakers sound as if they don’t know s**t from Shinola. The singular is bacterium, as in “a bacterium”.

    He also immunised all the family for smallpox every year. His own immunisations failed to take after he worked in a smallpox ward.

    Your podcast RSS feed plugs in just fine into iTunes.

    1. Matt

      Hi Robin,

      Thank you for your feedback and your willingness to share some of the personal history you have had with some of the topics we have discussed. I am embarrassed to admit that we noticed the discrepancy in our virus identification shortly after the episode aired, but we are still trying to figure out the best way to correct those sorts of mistakes. As it stands, the podcast is unscripted so unfortunately these sorts of errors are likely to occur – however if you have suggestions on how best to correct them we would be happy to try to incorporate them. Perhaps we could publish corrections on the post page?

      Thanks for listening, and I hope you continue to find us useful!

    2. kevin Post author

      Excellent points. We should definitely add corrections to the posts – I don’t know why we didn’t when we noticed the error, but since we forgot, Robin, you get all the credit (I’ve now added a correction with a link to this comment). Would you mind if I moved your comment from the home page over to the post that contains the podcast you’re referencing?

      Also good point about “bacterium,” that was sloppy.

      Finally, thank you for the fascinating personal anecdotes. It’s easy for us westerners/young people to forget that these diseases are not ancient history, and it’s important to be reminded of that. Thanks for listening, and please keep the comments, corrections and criticisms coming!

  4. Dennis Rose

    Congrats on starting up this podcast series. I learned of you from a recent TWIV episode. Each of you adds valuable information and you work well as a team. Here are some suggestions about making the podcasts even more “listenable”.
    1. Avoid weasel words such as “maybe”, “probably”, “try” and interestingly enough, “interesting”. While occasionally apropos they often detract and distract from a point of information.
    2. Avoid directing. For example, “Now so and so is going to tell you about…” Dr. Racaniello often makes smooth transitions without “directing”, often using a question/suggestion. For example, “Kathy, would you read the next email?” or “Who’s turn is it to read the next email?”
    3. Have a bit more dialogue about the papers.
    4. Enlist if you can some volunteers to help spread some of the prep and post workload.
    5. Change this website’s style from the “modern” = “hard to read” to black on white so that these eyes can more easily read ot. Gray on white is an internet meme dreamed up by folks who may create pages but don’t read to many (LOL).
    6. While the Cavendish banana and genealogy was fun, it really distracted. If you listen again to that whole section you can hear delaying words, weasel words, distracting words and meaningless transition and predictive phrases.
    7. Avoid time references such as, “Now we’re going to talk for the next minutes but I don’t know how long…” (a paraphrase). People with podcast players can see how long the podcast is. Most of us check that out immediately before or upon pushing the play button.

    I’m really excited to listen to more in this series. Your minicasts are a fine way to get more efficient given your time constraints. Make the conversations a bit more efficient too while keeping the levity you all bring. Thanks again for this ambitious undertaking and for taking these comments in the light that they are intended which is to give you a leg up in future podcasts.



    1. kevin Post author

      Hi Dennis, thanks for the thoughtful comments. Hopefully a lot of the things you mentioned (weasel words, directing) are going to get ironed out with a bit more practice. Definitely appreciate you pointing them out though – it helps to be made conscious of these things, but we’re still trying to hit our stride. I actually went back and listened to the early episodes of TWiV to reassure myself that they were note nearly so polished when they started out… maybe once we get to 300 episodes :-).

      Also, just a quick reassurance – a website redesign is definitely in the cards, I’m thinking of migrating to Squarespace, but haven’t quite had the time. Hopefully soon though.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying these episodes, and please keep calling it like you see it, constructive criticism is always appreciated.


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