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The BSI is sponsoring Outbreak! at Cheltenham Science Festival, a street game where you play a government scientist tasked with identifying and controlling a deadly new disease. Here, Outbreak! designer Jo Pennock talks us through the rationale behind the game and why the clock is ticking to come up with an action plan before it’s too late.

Swine flu virus. Credit: NIAID

Differences in individuals’ immune responses linked to flu vaccine effectiveness, the importance of resting phases in B cell development and research into whether pathogens cause type 1 diabetes.

White mouse in hands of a researcher wearing gloves

John Tregoning discusses his learnings from a seminar about the better use of statistics in animal experiments. 

E coli bacteria

This April, the British Society for Immunology supported the event ‘Gut Feeling’ at the Edinburgh International Science Festival through our Communicating Immunology grant scheme.  Here, event chair Adam Hart tells us more about the session and why bacteria can be a useful science communication tool.

Workshop participants discuss app design

We’re excited to announce the launch of #BritainBreathing, our new citizen science app about seasonal allergies.  We caught up with Sheena Cruickshank, BSI trustee and one of the lead scientists working on the project from The University of Manchester, to find out more…

Herd immunity demonstration

Ever wanted to find out more about a subject before committing to five years at university? Newcastle University’s Mini Medical School is a series of lectures aimed at 15-year-olds considering a degree in medicine.

Brain flying

Back in 2010, David Cameron pledged to reduce net migration into the UK to below 100,000 – ‘no ifs, no buts’.

Six years (and one coalition government) later, and most recent estimates show immigration to be continuing its inexorable rise, with net migration reaching a record 336,000 in the summer of 2015.

Boxing glove and cancer cell

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.

British Society for Immunology logo

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.

Thinking head illustration

‘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.

HIV budding colour

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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