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The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series: Insights into Chronic Lung Disease in People Living with HIV
April 28, 2022 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series invites you to attend a talk with Dr. Janice Leung.
Although people living with HIV have had remarkable improvements in mortality and morbidity since the discovery of anti-retroviral therapy, they now face a greater burden of chronic diseases often associated with aging.
People living with HIV appear to have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which results in symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and sputum production. This risk is not completely explained by cigarette smoke exposure alone, and the underlying mechanisms explaining why they appear susceptible to this lung disease are unclear.
In this talk, microbial dysbiosis and accelerated aging will be discussed as possible mechanisms of lung disease in HIV.
About the Speaker
Dr. Leung is a Clinician-Scientist at the University of British Columbia (Assistant Prof), where she has a clinical practice devoted to the respiratory care of patients living with HIV at St. Paul’s Hospital. She also works at a translational laboratory at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation. She is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Translational Airway Biology and her work is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Genome BC, and the BC Lung Association.