Nationality Spanish
Year of selection2009
InstitutionUniversité Paris Descartes - Paris 5
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

105 000 €


2 years

Could Genetics Explain Certain Viral Infections?

When a healthy child falls ill with a rare, life-¬threatening viral disease, could there be a genetic reason? Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) are genetic disorders that leave a person susceptible to infections. A new kind of PID may play a role specifically in herpes simplex virus encephalitis, a terrible infection of the central nervous system. Dr. Rebeca Pérez de Diego aims to identify new PIDs that may be responsible—work that could lead to treatments restoring these children’s missing immune function.

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