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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.

New BSI career development offering

We are proud to announce a significant expansion in the careers support we offer to our members, including revamped schemes, new initiatives and further funding opportunities. This includes our new BSI Career Enhancing Grants, a pilot scheme that provides flexible financial support across different research areas and reaching sectors beyond academia.

Research Assistant/Research Associate - Translational and Clinical

The role

The major focus is to understand the role of co-receptors such as PD-1 and other co-receptors in innate and adaptive immune cells. Specifically, the current project will determine the regulatory pathways that control innate and adaptive immune cell function in health and disease.

The position requires a PhD (or close to completion) in Immunology with a strong background in conducting mouse immuno-biology experiments. 

BSI Regional and Affinity Group Carers' Grant

The British Society for Immunology is proud to offer a BSI Regional and Affinity Group Carers’ Grant to support members with carer needs in attending BSI Regional or Affinity Group conferences. The grant can be used to help cover the cost of care arrangements during the conference, for example, to look after children, or for additional care for the applicant themselves during the conference. This grant is open to all categories of membership.

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