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Immunology is the science of the immune system, the body’s defence against infection. From birth to death, we are bombarded with potential infectious threats that require a complex network of monitoring and defence. However, the immune system can both damage and protect. The incidence of autoimmune disease, allergy and cancer is rising year on year. It is increasingly important that we understand how the balance between health and disease is maintained given the rise in both inflammatory diseases (such as diabetes and Crohn’s) and global infections such as Swine Flu and malaria.
Research at The University of Manchester encompasses both basic and clinical study and addresses key questions in the Immunology field. For example, how does our immune system regulate inflammation whilst still fighting infection? How do cytokines work? What kick starts an immune response and how does that lead to such diverse outcomes (anti-tumour immunity, autoimmunity, inflammation)?
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Want to study Immunology? We have Immunology modules available for most of our undergraduate courses in FLS, as well as relevant Postgraduate MSc and Distance Learning opportunities. See links in our Study page.
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Mark Travis's group have just shown that Transforming Growth Factor β and the integrin αvβ8 play a critical role in the generation of FoxP3 regulatory T cells by dendritic cells. Worthington JJ, et al. Gastroenterology.
Wounds and inflammation
Dissecting the cellular cytokine network
T-cells,Tregs and autoimmunity
Macrophages and dendritic cells
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