The BSI are delighted to announce that the following applications have been funded in the 2016 rounds of ‘Communicating Immunology’ grants.
- Jill Johnson and colleagues (Aston University) "Synapse - bringing immunology and young women together" is a two-day workshop to give girls aged 10-15 the opportunity to experience immunology through hands-on activities through direct engagement with scientists.
- Natalie Riddell and Deborah Dunn-Walters (University of Surrey) "SHARP Immunology" aims to teach older people about how failing immunity can lead to increased incidence of infection and reduced vaccine effectiveness and also how research may find how to reverse the effects of immunosenescence and promote health ageing.
- Sarah Williams (Staffordshire University) "Vaccinations and Herd Immunity" is an educational event to teach primary-aged children about how vaccines and herd immunity prevent the spread of infectious disease.
- Juan Aldave (Luke Society Trujilo and Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati): "Immunocyte toys to promote health in children" was a one day workshop for children and their families in a village in Peru, to learn about how the immune system copes with communicable disease and the importance of hygiene and vaccines, amongst other factors, in protecting against infection.
- Simon Jochems and colleagues (The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine): "Breathtaking Pneumococcus" interactive activities, including live demonstrations of nasal washes, to educate the public on pneumonia and pneumonia-causing bacteria.
- Pasquale Maffia and Jonathan Noonan (University of Glasgow): "Nanomate" an exhibit at multiple science festivals aiming to educate the public on the revolutionary use of nanoparticles in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
- Sheena Cruickshank and colleagues (University of Manchester):"Managing Schistosomiasis in rural Madagascar through treatment and education" an education programme to increase awarness of schistosomiasis and reduce infection intensity in the Morolambo District of Madagascar.
- James Doonan and colleagues (University of Strathclyde): "Parasites - friend or foe?" an interactive exhibit that describes the variety of helminths that infect humans, the ways in which they can influence our immune system to survive and how we exploit these mechanisms to develop new drugs against allergic and autoimmune diseases.
- Phebe Ekregbesi, placement student (The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): "Immunology: fight against infection" an interactive workshop for year 5/6 school children about the different parts of the immune system and how they contribute to prevent or clear infection.
- Alice Halliday and colleagues (Imperial College London) produced an animated film about latent TB screening for specific target populations.
- Kerry McLaughlin and colleagues (Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism): "Eyes on Diabetes: Research and Innovation" one day showcase of research to demonstrate why and how Type 1 Diabetes develops and up to date treatment options.
- Paul Garside and colleagues (University of Glasgow and KEMRI-Wellcome Research Programme): "KENYA: Enhancing public awareness of the role of immunology in our lives" a series of talks and hands on sessions for school children and clinicians in the Kilifi region of Kenya.
- Melanie Jimenez (University of Glasgow): "Importance of the immune system in the fight against malaria" a collaborative project between immunologists and biomechanical engineers to engage school children with the development of diagnostics and treatments for malaria.
- Beatrice Tyrrell and colleagues (University of Oxford): "Oxford Hands on Science" a roadshow to engage school children and their families with inspiring science through hands-on experiments.
- Katherine Walwyn-Brown (University of Manchester): "Soapbox science: Natural Killer Cells" this funding enabled Katherine to take part in the Soapbox Science initiative including attending a training session.
- James Penny and Dr Stephen Spencer (University of Manchester): "Raising infection transmission awareness in schoolchildren in Madagascar" a medical expedition to Madagascar to study schistosome prevalence and also educate local populations about the schistosomiasis.
- Louisa Wood and colleagues (Babraham Institute): "Introducing European audiences to cutting-edge immunology" a project to translate a popular immunology video from the institute into a range of European languages to increase the reach of the work. The videos can be viewed on the Babraham Institute's YouTube channel.
- Megan McLeod (University of Glasgow): "Afterglow and Immunecraft: digital artists reimagine scientific research" a project to increase the audience of the digital artworks Afterglow and Immunecraft produced as part of the national project Silent Signal.