Research Abstracts Online
January 2009 - March 2010
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
PI: Henry H. Balfour, Jr.
Risk Factors for the Severity of Infectious Mononucleosis due to Primary Epstein-Barr Virus Infection in University Students (Mono 5)
Infectious mononucleosis is the result of primary Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection in adolescents and young adults from resource-rich areas of the globe. Because these researchers have access to a large population of undergraduate University of Minnesota students, they are in an ideal position to investigate this characteristic manifestation of primary EBV infection. By defining risk factors for the severity of infectious mononucleosis, they might gain insight into the pathogenesis of life-threatening EBV diseases in both the normal and immunocompromised host. The researchers used the SDML and SDVL to aid in their analyses of a clinical and laboratory study of EBV-seronegative undergraduate university students.
Tony Thomas, Research Associate