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Immunology News - June 2021

In the summer issue of Immunology News, we update you on the latest Society news including the new BSI committee members, the results of our membership survey and our recent policy and public engagement work.

This issue features an interview with IUIS President, Professor Faith Osier, exploring her research and leadership, an article from Dr Emma Chambers about research into vitamin D and immunity and a piece on mentoring from Professor Ann Ager and Professor Anne Cooke.

Additionally, we hear from some of our wonderful members including Professor Mark Travis on his new role as BSI Groups Secretary, Dr Laura Pallett on her experience as Forum ECR Representative and Hannah Bialic on her journey as an early career researcher. 

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BSI Forum: here to represent you

Find out about our discussions during the last Forum meeting and hear Dr Laura Pallett share her experience as an Early Career Representative.

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BSI membership survey – the results

We report on the responses to our recent membership survey, which aimed to gain insight into our work and the effects of the pandemic ahead of our new strategic plan. 

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Championing your public engagement ventures

Our Public Engagement Manager, Erika Aquino, explains the different ways the BSI is here to guide and support our members with their public engagement endeavours.

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Vitamin D & immunity: could vitamin D supplementation enhance antigen-specific immunity in older adults?

BSI member, Dr Emma Chambers, discusses recent findings published in Immunotherapy Advances showing that vitamin D replacement enhances antigen-specific immunity in older adults.

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The role of mentorship in career progression

BSI members Professor Anne Cooke and Professor Ann Ager examine a recent article published in Nature Communications looking into mentorship in academia.

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A compassionate leader: meet Professor Faith Osier

Professor Faith Osier speaks about her research, her ambitions as IUIS President, her experience as a role model and her thoughts on the impact of COVID-19.

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BSI policy work update

Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Matthew Gibbard, reviews the current political situation and the last few months of the Society's policy work.

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The road less travelled – journey of an atypical ECR

BSI member, Hannah Bialic, discusses her journey as an early career researcher and the effects of the pandemic, while reflecting on the different ways to enjoy a career in immunology.

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Meet the new BSI Groups Secretary

BSI Groups Secretary, Professor Mark Travis, tells us about his background, his plans to rebuild face-to-face meetings as restrictions ease and how he hopes to work with our members to further develop our Groups.

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