Immunity and Infection

We are at the forefront of pioneering research into understanding how the immune system works to combat infections and how diseases develop when this goes wrong.

From the laboratory bench through to clinical trials, our translational work is assisting with the development of treatments and drugs to fight debilitating inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Our Advanced Therapies Facility allows us to use cell and gene therapy to redirect the immune system to fight cancer and viral infections and to suppress harmful immune response in autoimmune diseases. The Institute of Microbiology and Infection brings together scientists from several disciplines focussing on how the immune system interacts with microbes and viruses to provide a greater understanding of the world at a cellular level.

Some of our key projects include:

  • Working to identify and treat infections in military trauma patients
  • Identifying new mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
  • Looking at methods of reducing the spread of the ‘superbug’ MRSA and new approaches to control and treat global infections including viral hepatitis, Ebola and tuberculosis

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