KL2 Scholar Grads Find Common Measures of Immune Status, Inflammation Can Predict Mortality

Jarrod Dalton, PhD
Jarrod Dalton, PhD

A new collaborative study led by Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals has found that commonly used clinical indicators of immune status and inflammation can predict mortality in the general population.

Published in JAMA Network Open, the study showed that lymphopenia (a condition characterized by low levels of a specific type of white blood cell, called lymphocytes) is associated with death due to heart disease, cancer and respiratory infections, including influenza and pneumonia. This relationship between lymphocyte levels and mortality was observed independent of age, other blood-based immune markers and clinical risk factors.

The research team was led by two CTSC KL2 Scholar graduates, David Zidar, M.D., Ph.D., an interventional cardiologist and immunologist at UH Cleveland Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Jarrod Dalton, Ph.D. (pictured), epidemiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

Read the full article at the Cleveland Clinic's Newsroom.