WORLD ALLERGY WEEK
13-19 APRIL 2015 - Poster is free to download
It’s World Allergy Week 2015 from 13-19 April. The aim of this week is to highlight the need for greater awareness and understanding of allergy as well as to aid the exchange of ideas and collaboration to address treatment and quality of life issues related to the care of patients with allergic rhinitis and asthma. Allergies occur when the immune system launches an attack against a substance in the environment that isn’t normally harmful.
To recognise World Allergy Week, the BSI have produced a poster looking at the link between allergies and asthma and what happens to our bodies during an asthma attack.
BSI Summer School 2015 Special Bursaries
Support under this scheme is available to BSI members
in good standing with their annual subscriptions. If you are not currently a BSI member you may apply to join prior to submitting your application. Please note that, although the BSI endeavours to ensure that travel awards are awarded to as many applicants as possible, there will be occasions where applications are unsuccessful.
The deadline for applications is 18 May 2015
To download an application form click here
BSI at the Big Bang Fair 2015
The BSI had an action-packed time at the 2015 Big Bang Fair
, the UK's largest celebration of science and technology for young people. The fair took place over four days at the NEC in Birmingham and saw a whopping 80,000 students come along to discover more about the exciting world of science and technology and what opportunities it offers them.
As part of the BSI's aim to enhance public understanding of immunology, we ran a stand called "Allergy Busters", looking at the science behind allergies. We had a number of activities including our giant nose, which students could crawl through - a big draw for the stand! We also had our allergy thought board, where visitors could post up how allergies made them feel. The pollen grains under the microscope proved very popular and really helped to focus the students' minds on the causes of allergies. Finally we finished off examining the link between allergies and asthma and gave visitors the opportunity to do a peak flow test to measure how much air they could blow out of their lungs.
Thank you to all our wonderful BSI members who helped us to run the stand - we couldn't have done it without you. To see more photos from the event, visit the BSI's Flickr channel
. A full write-up will appear in the next issue of Immunology News
ECI2015 Abstract Deadline
The European Congress of Immunology (ECI) is taking place on 6-9 September 2015 in Vienna. The 4th ECI will cover all fields of modern immunology and adhere to a 4-track structure covering the topics innate immunity, adaptive immunity, diseases of the immune system and immune interventions.
ECI2015 have just announced their abstract deadline of 30 April 2015 at 00:00
. Click here
to find out more.
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