A Touch of Immunology: improving accessibility to the science of antibodies for people with blindness, low vision and diverse needs

Jack Polmear (Leading Author), Liam Kealy (Leading Author), Hui Xu, Kim L. Good-Jacobson (Leading Author)

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Immunology for all: Most scientific communication has historically been limited to visual imagery and the written or spoken word, often in the form of dense articles obscured by jargon. Clear communication of science is vital to enable the public to engage with important scientific discoveries and to limit medical distrust. However, scientific communication is often executed in a way which neglects people with blindness, low vision and diverse needs. Our aim for the exhibit at the Monash Sensory Science Exhibition on Autoimmunity 2023 at Monash University was to develop novel, tactile and informative models to help better communicate the scientific principles that underpin autoimmune disease and immunology. As B-cell biologists, we decided to focus our exhibit for this workshop on antibody-mediated autoimmunity. Antibodies are key components of the immune system, providing protection against a range of diverse pathogens. However, in the context of autoimmunity, they can also drive pathology.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalImmunology and Cell Biology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • accessibility
  • antibody
  • autoimmunity
  • B cells
  • low vision

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