Journals Highlight - Cerebral Vasculitis in Adults

Cerebral vasculitis
Roles of repressive epigenetic machinery in lineage decision of T cells

DNA methylation and histone modifications are central to epigenetic gene regulation, which has been shown to play a crucial role in development. In their review article published in ImmunologyNaito and Taniuchi focus on the repressive epigenetic machinery, i.e. DNA methylation, histone deacetylation, H3K9 methylation and Polycomb repressive complexes, and briefly review the studies examining the role of these mechanisms during T-lymphocyte differentiation. They also discuss the current challenges faced when analysing the function of the epigenetic machinery and potential directions to overcome the problems.

Read Naito and Taniuchi's review in full on the Immunology journal article page.

BSI response to Government’s announcement on provision of new meningitis vaccines

On Sunday 21 June, the UK Government announced that two new vaccine programmes will be launched this September to protect babies and young people against the meningococcal bacterium.
In response, Professor Peter Openshaw, President of the BSI, and Professor Anne Cooke, Chair of the BSI Forum, issued the following statement:
“The British Society for Immunology welcomes the UK Government’s announcement that new types of meningitis vaccine will be offered to people in England and Scotland. One is against meningitis B and is for new-born babies; the other is against meningitis ACWY and is for 17-18-year-olds. 
“Vaccines are among the most cost-effective ways of improving health. Offering these vaccines as part of a publicly-funded programme represents a huge step forward in our ability to protect children and young people from contracting this devastating disease.
“Innovations such as this are the result of years of research into how the immune system operates and into harnessing its potential to develop safe and effective ways to protect the public. Many of the new drugs and treatments now on the horizon come from basic and applied immunological research, a field in which the UK excels. It is important that the UK it continues its investment in biomedical sciences to keep us at the forefront of this type of research internationally.”

BSI Launch new internship scheme

Genetic factors impact the intestinal microbiota
The BSI is delighted to announce the launch of our new internship scheme to provide BSI members with an opportunity to learn more about the work of the society. Internships are available for a period of three-months on a rolling basis, with 4 available in the first year. The internship will allow you to learn more about the publishing, public engagement, communications and policy work that the society undertakes.

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The BSI has partnered with Sense About Science to produce a guide for the public called ‘Making Sense of Allergies’, with the aim of providing evidence-based information on what allergies are, how they are diagnosed and how they are treated.  The BSI has been concerned about the wealth of conflicting and unreliable information available on the internet providing people with confusing messages about the prevalence and seriousness of allergies, including many offering unproven allergy tests with no evidence base. 

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