Sunday 29 April 2018 marks International Day of Immunology. Immunology is the study of the immune system and is a key part of the medical and biological sciences. The immune system protects us from infection and prevents the development of disease. A dysfunctional immune system can result in repeat infections as well as development of cancer and autoimmunity. The immune system is increasing understood to be involved in conditions such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's. From Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination experiments, the development of safe organ transplants through to cancer immunotherapy, immunological research plays an important role in our ability to treat or prevent significant health issues. Continuing research efforts in the field of immunology is crucial in the discovery of new diagnostics and better treatments for a wide range of diseases.
To celebrate the International Day of Immunology, the BSI have collaborated with the Francis Crick Institute and Nature Research to present 'How your gut reacts to microbes in health and disease'. This free public event took place on Friday 27 April and was hosted by expert immunologists who discussed how the immune system interacts with the trillions of microbes present in our guts. For more information on the gut immune system, or to see how far immunology has come since the start of the BSI 60 years ago, see our resources below.
Take a look at our BiteSized Immunology pages all about gut immunology and how obesity and the microbes that live in our gut may be linked
Check out our infographic below
Read our 60 years of immunology report which details the past, present and future of immunology.
Have a look at the results of our project 'A history of immunology in 60 objects' where the BSI and our members nominated a list of 60 objects that we thought were important to the history of immunology.
Read our recent publications from our journals Immunology and Clinical & Experimental Immunology which focus on the immunology of the gut and the role of the microbiota.
- Immune regulation by microbiome metabolites (Review)
- Adaptive immune education by gut microbiota antigens (Review)
- Pro-inflammatory cytokine IFNγ and microbiome-derived metabolites dictate epigenetic switch between forkhead box protein isoforms in coeliac disease (Article)
- Gut microbiome in children with enthesitis-related arthritis in a developing country and the effect of probiotic administration (Article)