As we age our immune systems are less able to deal with new infections or to control infections to which we had immunity when younger (e.g. shingles, the adult form of chicken pox). In addition older adults are less efficient in responding to vaccinations, reducing the efficacy of preventive medicine.This group is investigating both the mechanisms underlying loss of immunity with age (immunesenescence) and developing approaches to improve immunity in older adults.
There are 7 main research topics within this grouping:
Research group staff members