UOttawa Prof educates kids about the immune system with new digital comic book

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Immunity Warriors comic book

Alien invaders descend on a world while defensive forces mobilize to battle the intruders... is this the plot from an upcoming blockbuster movie or a creative approach to science education?

These scenes are from a new online comic, Immunity Warriors: Invasion of the Alien Zombies, created to educate elementary school students about the immune system and the role of immunization in defending against illness.

Conceived by Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician, researcher and comic book fan, Invasion of the Alien Zombies approaches immunization education from a child's perspective.

"I was inspired to create the comic after presenting to my son's Grade 6 science class about the immune system and immunization," said Dr. Wilson, professor at the University of Ottawa and an internal medicine specialist and scientist at The Ottawa Hospital. "Despite some complex scientific concepts, the kids were really engaged with the presentation that told the story using a space-invasion theme. I began thinking of how to expand the content to educate a wider group of kids about the importance of vaccination."

Read the full release.

Listen to Dr. Wilson talk about the project on CBC Radio One’s Ottawa Morning.

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