TEDx: Ending the arms race with infectious diseases

Dr. Janelle Ayres, researcher at the NOMIS Center for Immunbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, addresses the disconnect between our methods for treating infectious disease and our understanding of the mechanisms that keep us healthy during infection in her TEDxSanDiego talk. Only by eradicating the pathogen and limiting the collateral damage done to the body during an infection can we survive. Dr. Ayres discusses strategies for using the good bacteria living in our bodies, i.e., the microbiome, to develop new therapeutics for promoting survival of infectious disease.

Dr. Ayres is Assistant Professor at the NOMIS Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.