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T cells are extensively trained on 'self' in the thymus and then move to the periphery, where they seek out and destroy infections and regulate immune response to self-antigens. T cell receptors (TCRs) on T cells' surface recognize T cell epitopes, short linear strings of amino acids presented by antigen-presenting cells. Some of these epitopes activate T(More)
The Food and Drug Administration has approved two human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for use by men and women in the United States. The vaccines not only protect against HPV infection, but also reduce the risk of cervical cancer in women. Despite the widespread availability of these vaccines, vulnerable populations such as those with low incomes have been(More)
Computational vaccine design, also known as computational vaccinology, encompasses epitope mapping, antigen selection and immunogen design using computational tools. The iVAX toolkit is an integrated set of tools that has been in development since 1998 by De Groot and Martin. It comprises a suite of immunoinformatics algorithms for triaging candidate(More)
The impact of healthcare reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on individuals living in cities has not yet been quantified by local Departments of Health. This makes it difficult for safety net sources of healthcare, such as free clinics, to plan for the future. Therefore, members of Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic conducted a survey in predominantly(More)
Hypertension affects more than 50 million people in the United States. A recent national health study (NHANES) found that the proportion of certain Hispanic ethnic groups with stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension was greater than for whites. In order to identify areas of improvement, as well as to examine trends in patient outcomes, Clínica Esperanza/Hope(More)
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