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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research hosts webinars on a variety of subjects. Webinars are designed in an interactive format and provide additional information for the intramural and extramural research community. 

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) HIV/AIDS Program research webinar series highlights state-of-the-art research from experts in the field and provides a platform for disseminating pertinent NHLBI HIV/AIDS-related research.

A recent NIH/NHLBI webinar was led by FIU’s Dr. Maria Jose Míguez, a research professor in the School of Integrated Science and Humanity (SISH), and the director of the Neuroimmunology & Health Behaviors Initiative at FIU. Dr. Míguez presented an updated view of platelets to dispel the rhetoric that they are only bystander cells affected at the end stage of the disease. She demonstrated that platelets and associated factors are active participants in the entire immune response against the virus, and therefore can be targeted for treatment. The webinar was well-attended by close to 100 people.

Dr. Maria Jose Miguez contributed to this story.