Episode 25

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23rd Mar 2022

Not Just a Kiss: Mono Increases Risk for Multiple Sclerosis

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is best known for causing mononucleiosis, or the 'kissing disease,' in teenagers. Almost all adults get EBV at some point in their lives, even if they don't get mono. New research shows that EBV infection may have longer-lasting impacts. Using data from the American military, researchers now show that EBV infection drastically increases an individual's risk for multiple sclerosis, a debilitating autoimmune disorder. In this episode, Dan and Derek discuss how these researchers figured this out and potential ways to prevent EBV infection (and potentially multiple sclerosis) altogether.

Bjornevik et al. Longitudinal analysis reveals high prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus associated with multiple sclerosis. Science, January 2022. DOI: 10.1126/science.abj8222

The information presented here is not medical advice. Consult your physician on any questions regarding your personal health.

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Derek Sung, PhD

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Derek is a 6th year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in developmental and vascular biology with plans to apply into Obstetrics & Gynecology. He received his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2022. He is the founder, co-developer, and co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time, he likes to listen to All Star by Smash Mouth on repeat, smile too big for photos, pretend to be a sommelier, and throw epic Halloween parties with his roommate.

Ellen White

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Ellen is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in microbiome research with the hopes of specializing in GI medicine. She is a co-developer and co-host of Beyond the Abstract. You can find her listening to Work by Rihanna (feat. Drake) on repeat, getting too invested in college basketball games, or shamelessly watching Real Housewives.

Dan Weiner

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Dan is a 4th year MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School interested in genomics and neuropsychiatric disease research. He is co-host of Beyond the Abstract.

In his spare time you can find him watching every suggested YouTube video (mostly Colbert and cooking clips) and looking forward to watching the Red Sox at Fenway after the pandemic is over.