Monday 29 April 2019 is International Day of Immunology.
Immunology is the study of the immune system and is a key part of the medical and biological sciences. The immune system protects us from infection and prevents the development of disease. A dysfunctional immune system can result in repeat infections as well as development of cancer and autoimmunity. The immune system is increasingly understood to be involved in conditions such as cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's. From Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination experiments, the development of safe organ transplants through to cancer immunotherapy, immunological research plays an important role in our ability to treat or prevent significant health issues. Continuing research efforts in the field of immunology is crucial in the discovery of new diagnostics and better treatments for a wide range of diseases.
To celebrate the International Day of Immunology, the BSI are collaborating with the Francis Crick Institute and Nature Research to present two events on Friday 26 April. The first is a scientific symposium on cancer immunotherapy taking place at 14:00-18:00, with topics including new insights into the mechanisms used by the immune system to detect and respond to tumour cells as well as the novel therapeutics that are being developed to harness the power of the immune system. The second event is a free public event on “How our immune system fights cancer”taking place on Friday 26 April 19:00-22:00. Award-winning broadcaster, writer and lecturer Claudia Hammond will chair a panel of six highly-renowned research scientists and clinicians as they discuss how the immune system plays a key role in the hunting-down and killing of cancer cells.
For more information on cancer immunotherapy, see our resources below.
- Have a look at our Nobel Prize collection from journals, Clinical & Experimental Immunology and Immunology on cancer immunotherapy - new papers added recently!
- Check out our infographic below
- Take a look at our BiteSized Immunology pages all about cancer immunology, immunotherapies, and the cells involved
- Check out what the scientists think about immunotherapy in our report on 60 years of immunology
- Read our cancer immunotherapy briefing