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Cancer Research UK and Arthritis Research UK are inviting applications to a new funding scheme – the Immunology Innovation Award – which aims to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations across disease areas. In this guest blog, they tell us more about the innovative design of this scheme and how you can get involved.

Our Chief Executive Jo Revill recently travelled to Brussels as part of a UK delegation to discover more about the European Research & Innovation programme. Here, she tells us more about her trip and how it applies to our work.

To mark our 60th anniversary, we launched our 60 objects project, highlighting key items and discovery that have influenced the history of immunology.  Here, we announce your choice for the most influential items. 

Welcome to the next installment of our regular update where we report on research from the world of immunology, highlighting work from BSI members that has hit the headlines over the past few weeks.

Includes: Igetei et al. 2017 Immunology doi: 10.1111/imm.12711

Scanning electron micrograph of a human T lymphocyte (also called a T cell) from the immune system of a healthy donor.

Welcome to the next installment of our regular update where we report on research from the world of immunology, highlighting work from BSI members that has hit the headlines over the past few weeks.

December marked the BSI’s Annual Congress, this year hosted in collaboration with the Dutch Society of Immunology (NVVI) in Liverpool. This joint conference was further evidence that immunology is a truly collaborative science with internationalism at its heart.

The January issue of the BSI’s official journal Clinical & Experimental Immunology is a special issue on immunosenescence, containing a fascinating set of review articles summarising our current knowledge in this area and what we still need to find out.  Here, BSI member Dr Natalie Riddell, Lecturer in Immunology, University of Surrey, discusses the key papers highlighted in this issue.

Includes (all Clinical & Experimental Immunology): Montgomery RR 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12863, Arnold N & Messaoudi I 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12809, Weinberger B 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12822, Kim C et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12829, Frasca D et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12824, Dunn-Walters DK 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12700, Akbar AN 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12876, Fulop T et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12836, Boe DM et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12881, Masters AR et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12851, Hurez V et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12875, Nasi M et al. 2016 doi:10.1111/cei.12814

The Babraham Institute is a world-class research institution who focus on fundamental biological questions of how cells and organisms develop and respond to the environment. As much of their research concentrates on understanding the basic science behind how our cells and bodies work, the use of animals for some areas of research remains essential for future scientific breakthroughs. 

Welcome to our last installment before Christmas of our regular monthly slot where we report on research from the world of immunology, highlighting work from BSI members that has hit the headlines over the past four weeks.

Includes: Jolles et al. 2016 Clinical & Experimental Immunology doi:10.1111/cei.12856

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Welcome to the sixth installment of our new regular monthly slot on immunology research!

Natural killer cell

Novel targets identified for cancer and inflammatory diseases, dying tumour cells release potassium ions to impede T cell effector functions and interferon lambda proves to be an effective anti-viral are covered in our Immunology Update for September. 

Radwan Al-Zidan

Each year, the British Society for Immunology (BSI) offers a number of grants through our Medical Elective and Summer Placement Award Scheme (MESPAS) to medical and postgraduate students who are planning to undertake a formal placement for their medical elective or for a summer placement. Here, Radhwan Al-Zidan, a pharmacist from Iraq and one of the 2016 recipients of this grant, discusses his placement and what he gained from the experience.

Healthcare graphic

Understanding Health Research is a new online tool designed to help the public and patients understand and assess research papers.  In this guest blog, Dr Amy Nimegeer and Chris Patterson from the project team tell us more about the website and how they hope it will help people make better informed decisions on health.

T Lymphocyte

We look at a potential mechanism to reboot the immune system after a bone marrow transplant, a new therapeutic target for autoimmune diseases and ask what scales the T-cell response. 

Yellow Fever vaccine manufacturing facility in France

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported one of its largest emergency vaccination campaigns for the yellow fever virus in Africa. In our latest blog we look at the challenges in producing and administering an effective vaccine. 

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