BSI response to report on the use of antiviral drugs to treat influenza

(Image credit: NIAID)The British Society for Immunology welcomes the joint report from the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Wellcome Trust on the use of antivirals in the treatment of influenza.  Our response statement to this report is as follows:
Professor Anne Cooke, Chair of British Society for Immunology Policy Forum, said:
“Influenza pandemics have the potential to cause huge loss of human life, illness and social and economic disruption, so it’s critical that we know more about the treatments, and that we learn from future outbreaks.  From this timely report, it’s clear that we currently don’t have the knowledge we need to understand how we can make best use of antiviral drugs in flu pandemic situations.  It is key that health professionals have access to data from properly controlled clinical trials which are the cornerstone of all evidence-based medicine.   We support the report’s recommendation that the UK must be prepared to conduct the clinical trials into the effectiveness of antiviral drugs when the next influenza pandemic arises.   Ensuring our infrastructure is ready to carry out such research during a pandemic means that we need to start planning now for the appropriate networks to be in place, which would allow scientists and clinicians to act quickly and decisively when the need arises.  As a global leader in infectious disease research, the UK is well placed to take on this role, which could lead huge health benefits regarding our knowledge of effective treatments and also boost our national resilience to future health emergencies.”

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Rheumatology 2016

We're delighted to announce the that the BSI and the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) are conducting a joint session during Rheumatology 2016.

The meeting is due to take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow from 26-28 April 2016.

To submit an abstract, please click here and submit before the 06 November deadline.  

BSI calls on Government to protect the immunisation budget

The British Society for Immunology has today had a letter published in The Times in which we highlight the importance of protecting the UK’s immunisation programme from cuts to the public health and life sciences budget. This is a shortened version of a letter that we have sent to the Chancellor.
In November, the Government will publish the results of the Comprehensive Spending Review, mapping out public spending over the course of the next five years. The BSI is concerned that further cuts to the public health budget, which performs a critical role in supporting the delivery of vaccine schedules, as well as any reduction in the life sciences budget, threatens the current and future delivery of national immunisation programmes.
BSI President, Professor Peter Openshaw, discusses the importance of the immunisation programme to UK health and why we feel the need to act in a new blog post. (Image credit: Wellcome Images)


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The BSI is offering financial support to individuals who are medical students or postgraduate students (PhDs & MScs) and are planning to undertake a formal placement, either as part of their medical elective or for a summer placement. Awards of up to £1500 are available to support placements with a strong immunological component, which will enhance the recipient's future career. For more details on the application process click here.

Mrinalini Dey received an award earlier this year, read her recent blog post about her elective at the Centre for Life Sciences at the National University of Singapore this summer.


The BSI exists to support our members in achieving the best in immunological research, scholarship, and clinical practice. As the largest membership organisation for immunologists in Europe, we are uniquely placed to inform political debate and policy development, and to ensure the voice of immunology is heard with decision makers in Westminster and elsewhere.

Our new policy and public affairs section is the place where you can read our positions on important issues and read through our responses to consultations and calls for evidence from the Government and others. All policy positions are developed through the BSI Forum

We are launching the section with the BSI's position on the use of animal models in scientific research. You can also read our responses to a CaSE survey on the benefits of immigration for science, and a Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the science budget.

2015 BSI Membership survey results

BSI survey
As many of you will know, the BSI recently conducted a survey of our membership to find out your views on the activities of the BSI, how we can help your career and what areas of work you would like us to focus on in the future. This is the first major survey that the BSI has carried out for some years and the feedback we have received will help us understand more about what you want from your membership and to ensure that we are giving you (and the discipline of immunology) the right support in an array of areas including careers, public engagement, networking and regional activities to name but a few. Download the key findings.

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