Most people know that colds are caused by a viral infection but did you know the symptoms
are not caused by the viral infection but by an inflammatory response? Also, the best remedy
for the common cold might not be what you think.
A native of Puerto Rico and a scientist with a Ph.D. from Boston University, Dr. Noemi Custodia-Lora
was named executive director of Northern Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus and
community relations in July of 2014.She joined Northern Essex in 2003 as a faculty member of the
Natural Sciences Department. She taught Nutrition, Human Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology before
becoming the coordinator of the Applied Sciences Associate Degree of Science in Lab Science Program
which welcomed its first class in the fall of 2009. In 2011, she was appointed assistant dean of
Foundational Studies and Liberal Arts & Sciences.
This program is paid for in part by the Northern Essex Community College Speakers’ Bureau.