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Immunology News - March 2021

In the first Immunology News edition of 2021, we bring you up to speed on our work to raise the voice of our members in public discussions around COVID-19 vaccines with our ‘Vaccine engagement starts at home’ initiative.

We also provide a brief update on our Coronavirus work, including a new expert report from our Immunology and COVID-19 taskforce, and present 'TrialsWatch' – an article series from our Open Access journal Immunotherapy Advances reviewing the latest immunotherapy clinical trials.

Also in this issue, BSI member Dr Antony Psarras from the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine discusses their recent findings on autoimmunity and SLE, and we look back on our highlights from Black In Immuno Week and the BSI virtual conference.

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The boom in immunotherapy clinical trials: a new TrialsWatch feature

Immunotherapy Advances' new TrialsWatch series aims to review, discuss and highlight the latest immunotherapy clinical trials from specific areas.

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Defining preclinical autoimmunity and SLE

BSI member, Dr Antony Psarras, discusses their recent findings which unravel the cellular sources responsible for interferon production in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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Vaccine engagement starts at home

We recently launched a public engagement campaign about COVID-19 vaccines to raise the expert voice of the immunology community. Here, we highlight our useful resources and showcase some brilliant examples of activities from our members.

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Connecting on Coronavirus

We provide you with a brief update on what we’ve been doing over the past few months to support our members and to feed into public discussion around COVID-19.

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Black In Immuno Week: Celebrating the contributions of Black immunologists

We were delighted to support this initiative organised by Black In Immuno. Here, we highlight the activities planned by the organisers of this important initiative and our members’ contributions.

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BSI virtual Winter School 2020

This one-day online event gave immunology students at a Master’s degree level the opportunity to hear from top immunologists. Here, our Education & Careers Officer, Eolan Healy, talks about the highlights of the day.

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BSI Immunology North East

Dr Ben Barron-Millar, the Immunology North East Group’s Communications Officer, tells us about their activities, including seminars from renowned immunologists, a friendly journal club and public engagement events.

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Professor Sir Peter Lachmann, FRS, FMedSci 1931 – 2020

The BSI was saddened to learn about the recent death of our Honorary Member, Professor Sir Peter Lachmann.

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Professor Don Mason 1934 – 2021 

The BSI was saddened to learn about the recent death of our member, Professor Don Mason.

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New BSI COVID-19 immunology report: Immunity and COVID-19

The BSI’s Immunology and COVID-19 taskforce has produced a report which lays out what we do and don't currently know about immunity to SARS-CoV-2.

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