The McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series is both an undergraduate course (HTS 4DM3) where students create well-researched videos and podcasts to further Knowledge Translation and Communication in the fields of science, technology, and medicine, as well as a collection where faculty and trainees present pathologies, patient diagnoses and therapies of major diseases and current research. This is designed to help increase the understanding of how advances in biology can be applied to diseases and discusses frequently emerging scientific, medical and ethical areas of interest.
Most videos are directed towards individuals in university and medical settings, including students, faculty and clinicians, however many videos are perfectly suitable for high school students and even some for children (Look for the #KidZone next to the video title). Feel free to check out the latest videos below and also visit our YouTube Channel to stay up-to-date every time we upload a new video!
Ever heard of an antibody cocktail? This video will address the concept within the context of COVID-19. While most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, viruses can be harder to combat since they infiltrate the individual’s cells and are not alive. This is why we actively prepare our bodies to fight against particularly terrible viruses through immunization. The large number of COVID-19 naïve bodies (individuals who are unvaccinated or have not previously been exposed to the virus) is putting a burden on healthcare systems around the world.
The WHO has recently endorsed the use of monoclonal antibodies to help patients combat COVID-19 under certain circumstances, a treatment that is already popular in the US. This video seeks to examine whether monoclonal antibody treatments are effective at combatting COVID-19.
Note: this video is for educational purposes only.
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