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New system developed that can switch on immune cells to attack cancer cells

Researchers have developed an artificial structure that mimics the cell membrane, which can switch on immune cells to attack and destroy a designated target.  This method has potential to be used as a future cancer immunotherapy treatment as well as providing more insight into how immune cells are activated to find and kill cancer cells. The findings are presented today (07/12/2016) at the Joint Congress of the British and Dutch Societies for Immunology, taking place in Liverpool, UK.

Reason why farm kids develop fewer allergies explained

Scientists have discovered why growing up on a farm might protect children from developing allergies. Using studies in both mice and humans, they found that exposure to farm dust increases expression of a protective protein that suppresses the inflammatory immune system by modifying the communication between the lining of the lungs and the immune system. The findings are presented today (07/12/16) at the Joint Congress of the British and Dutch Societies for Immunology, taking place in Liverpool, UK.

Cellular Immunologist

Biology Group 1 within the Adaptive Immunity Research Unit (AIRU) at GSK is seeking a highly motivated scientist with experience in immunology to join the group in Stevenage (UK). In the AIRU, we are using human genetics and genomic approaches to identify new targets and therapeutic opportunities for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases. In Biology Group 1, we are particularly focused on exploiting the potential of regulatory T cells to dampen autoimmunity and inflammation and restore immune homoeostasis. We're looking for 2 Cellular Immunologist Scientists.

Research Associate

Job summary
Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work within Dr Cecilia Johansson in the Respiratory Infection Section of the National Heart & Lung Institute at Imperial College London. You will work on an exciting project funded by the MRC to study the generation and functionality of tissue-resident T cells during respiratory viral infections.

Immunology News - November 2020

In the end-of-year issue of Immunology News, we show you what to look forward to in our upcoming two-day virtual conference, 'Connecting immunology in the time of COVID-19', highlighting the cutting-edge sessions and virtual networking opportunities.

Additionally, we hear from Dr Nigel Francis, the winner of our 2020 Teaching Excellence Award, and we update you on the work of our Immunology and COVID-19 taskforce, including the latest report on the ageing immune system, and on the launch of the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, which the BSI is proud to support.

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