NORTH BETHESDA, Md., April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc. (FNIH) is delighted to name Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., the winner of the 2019 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for blazing a trail in understanding the microbiome’s significant role in immune regulation. The human body houses trillions of microscopic organisms called microbes (i.e. bacteria, fungi and viruses) that collectively make up a microbiome. While many of these microbes are beneficial to health (commensal), others can be harmful (pathogenic). Dr. Belkaid revolutionized our understanding of the role of these microbes in the gut and skin, demonstrating that they are essential for triggering an immune response to help fight infection, but that they also can initiate inflammatory disease. The Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be presented to Dr. Belkaid at the FNIH Award Ceremony on May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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