The Center for Allergy Modeling in Pigs (CFAMP), the newly formed center under the Translational Pharmacology and Physiology Program of the CMI, hosted a seminar with Dr. Harry Dawson on November 19, 2019 in the RB101 CVM Research Building. Dr. Dawson in a Senior Scientist in the Diet, Genomics and Immunology Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS). Dr. Dawson spoke on The use of parasite-infected pigs to predict mechanistic pathways associated with human allergic and inflammatory responses.
Dr. Harry Dawson earned his Ph.D. in Nutrition from Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He completed his post-doctoral work in the Laboratory of Clinical Immunology at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute on Aging in 2001. Since then, he has worked as a senior scientist in the Diet Genomics and Immunology Laboratory at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Dawson conducts studies on the interactions between dietary factors (primarily vitamin A and D but also garlic, green tea, cinnamon, prebiotics and probiotics) and immune function or inflammation. His research also focuses on swine as surrogates for humans. He has also conducted several large-scale comparative genomic analyses of the porcine immunome, inflammasome and nutriome. He also maintains the Porcine Translational Research database, a bioinformantics database devoted to cross-species (mouse-pig-human) model comparisons. He is the author or co-author of 76 publications. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.