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Cancer Research UK are inviting applications from non-cancer immunologists – to encourage these scientists to explore how their area of research could advance our understanding of the role the immune system can play in fighting cancer.

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2016 is an exciting year for the British Society for Immunology as it marks our 60th anniversary – time certainly flies when studying the immune system! We want to make this a year to remember for our members and the discipline.

Tissues, mug of tea, thermometer and cough medicine

Our President, Professor Peter Openshaw, appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo Drivetime programme on 4 January answering questions about how to keep your immune system healthy and how to avoid colds. Here, he discusses some of the questions asked in more detail.

Here at the BSI, we’re always looking out for additional ways to communicate the science and wonder of immunology beyond our membership to students and the public. For our latest project, we’re pleased to announce the launch a new collection of short videos that explain different aspects of the immune system.

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‘I am so busy, I don’t know where the day goes,’ is a phrase uttered by many an academic, but busy doing what? In this guest blog, John Tregoning talks us through the spectrum of activities he performs as a principal investigator.

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The BSI is supporting World AIDS Day – this  is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. Many of our members are involved in research on the HIV virus, finding out more about how it affects immune cells and trying to find new treatments to combat this virus. To show our support, in this blog post we take a look at the tests currently used to diagnose HIV, how they work and how you can access them.

The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has recently announced its intention to set up a new ‘Section of Immunology’. Here, Professor Blackbourn discusses why Surrey has decided to put this added investment into the discipline of immunology and how they hope it will benefit the university overall.

Top 10 networking tips

As with all skills, networking is one that can be constantly revised and improved. This list aims to provide you with tips on efficient and effective networking. Whilst the majority of points can apply to networking outside of the scientific spectrum, they still remain extremely pertinent to the ambitious researcher.

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We need to think hard about how science itself might need to change to avoid losing our best mid-career researchers through accident or misfortune, says British Society for Immunology President Peter Openshaw.

Delegates at the Naturejobs Career Expo 2015

British Society of Immunology intern Mark Roberts reflects on his time at the Naturejobs Career Expo 2015.

Today, the British Society for Immunology has had a letter published in The Times highlighting the importance of protecting the public health budget in the upcoming Government Spending Review to safeguard the current delivery and future potential of the UK’s immunisation programme. Here, BSI President, Professor Peter Openshaw, discusses the importance of the immunisation programme to UK health and why we feel the need to act.

Mrinalini Dey in Singapore

Each year, the British Society for Immunology offers a number of grants through our Medical Elective and Summer Placement Award Scheme to medical and postgraduate students who are planning to undertake a formal placement for their medical elective or for a summer placement. Here, Mrinalini Dey, one of the 2015 recipients of this grant, discusses her placement and what she gained from the experience.

The Houses of Parliament

As the largest membership organisation for immunologists in Europe, the BSI is uniquely placed to inform political debate and policy development and to ensure the voice of immunology is heard by decision makers in Westminster and elsewhere. 

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Welcome to the new blog from the British Society for Immunology, a space where you can read and share your thoughts about immunology, science, health and so much more.

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