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Immunology News - June 2020

Immunology News June 2020 cover

In the summer issue of Immunology News, we bring you up to speed on the Society’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are supporting the immunology community with our ‘Connect on Coronavirus’ activity.

In this issue, we’re pleased to introduce the newly elected members of the BSI Committees. Additionally, we hear from BSI members from the O'Garra lab on their new gene activity app, and we take a look at ways the BSI Regional & Affinity Groups are engaging online.

Also featured is our new policy report on the UK’s outstanding contribution to vaccine research and a review of our Celebrate Vaccines campaign.

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New BSI committee members

We are pleased to announce the following appointments to the BSI Board of Trustees, Secretaries and Forum, and our new Congress Committee members.  

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BSI celebrates vaccine research

The BSI has recently focused our external affairs work on advocating the importance of vaccination. To celebrate the successes of vaccine research we held a virtual mass public engagement day on Thursday 26 March. Here, our Public Engagement Officer, Erika Aquino, tells us how it went.

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Whole tissue transcriptional RNA signatures can detect distinct immune responses across different diseases

BSI members from the O'Garra lab introduce their open access app for researchers looking at the relationship between the immune response in the blood and the local response in tissue.

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Celebrate vaccines report launched

Vaccine research report: Protecting the world

Through new analysis and expert interview, our new report reviews the UK's outstanding contribution to vaccine research and how this has improved global health.

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Naïve B cells reside in the B cell follicle and surround the GC B cells.

Engaging with your online network

We showcase how our Regional & Affinity Groups are engaging online to stay connected with the immunology community, featuring the winner of the BSI London Immunology Group’s B cell photo competition.

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Novel coronavirus Credit NIAID-RML

Connect on Coronavirus

Explore how the Society is representing our members and the immunology community during the COVID-19 pandemic through our policy, media and public engagement work.

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James Gowans

Sir James Gowans CBE, FRS, FMedSci, FRCP 1924 - 2020

The BSI was saddened to hear about the recent death of Sir James Gowan. Our Society offers its sympathy to his family.

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Denis Stanworth

Denis Raymond Stanworth PhD DSc FRCPath 1928 – 2020

The BSI was saddened to hear about the recent death of Denis Raymond. We offer our sympathy to his family.

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Leopoldo Flores-Romo

Leopoldo Flores-Romo 1954 – 2020

The immunologist Leopoldo Flores-Romo has sadly passed away. Our Society offer its sympathy to his family.

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Bill Frankland

William (Bill) Frankland 1912 – 2020

The immunologist William Frankland has sadly passed away. The BSI offer our sympathies to his family.

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