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Resources

We want you to be as excited about our science as we are! We have collected, as well as created a variety of fun interactive resources made for all ages to educate and inform about our research into parasites and how the immune system functions. We have grouped the resources into roughly the age groups they are made for but these can be used by people of any age! This site is constantly being updated as more resources are added so do please keep checking!

For everyone

  • Challenge your immunology knowledge with our Immunopursuit game. Download the board and cards.
  • Dan Davis recorded a brief 4 minute video for A-level students, about genes, immunity and human diversity.
  • As part of the Great British Bioscience Festival we focused on explaining how people catch Toxoplasma, Trichuris, and Schistosoma infections. Now you can see videos that were made by sketching science on the life cycles of Toxoplasma, Trichuris, and Schistosome.

  • Find out how our immune system works and take the top trumps challenge.
  • Find out how we get poorly tummies, how our bodies fight infection and what the Manchester Immunology group does.

Look after your tummy [PowerPoint Show 4.15MB]

  • This short interactive activity explains about the different types of germs there are and how you can protect yourself against them.

How to protect against germs [PDF 915KB]

  • In the Manchester Immunology Group a lot of us study parasitic worms. This leaflet explains what they are and highlights some of our research activity and discoveries.

The Worm Wagon [PDF 1.7MB]

For more details see our Research pages.

  • Our short video, suitable for any audience, explains what gut worms are and how they get in your gut and try to stay there...

YouTube video: Nematodes: Masters of the Universe

  • We have some fun experiments for you to try at home to help explain how your gut works:

The path to poo work sheet [PDF 107KB]

  • Want to find out more about the importance of worm infection? This short video tells you about “worms”!

YouTube Video: Worms!

  • Listen to how parasites can change your behaviour!

Podcast: Episode 12, Parasite Mind Control

  • Find out all about the nervous system and the gut

Podcast: Podcast: Episode 13, Gut thoughts

Schools and children

Primary

  • This short interactive activity explains about the different types of germs there are and how you can protect yourself against them.

How to protect against germs [PDF 915KB]

  • We have some fun experiments for you to try at home to help explain how your gut works:

The path to poo work sheet [PDF 107KB]

Secondary/sixth form college

Biological Sciences Review - of specific interest are:

  • Else, Kathryn (2013). Macrophages: more than just big eaters. Biological Science Review. 25 (4) 2
  • Hasnain SZ (2010). Mucus: a slippery slope for worms. Biological Science Review. D. R. Butler, Philip Allan. 23. 34
  • Else KJ and Svensson M. 2009 Using parasites to protect ourselves. Biological Sciences Review. 22 (2) 34-37
  • Grencis R K (1992) Parasites and Immunity: the tricks of the trade Biological Science Review. D. R. Butler, Philip Allan. 4, 37
  • McDermott J & Grencis R K (2004) Beating the bloodsuckers Biological Science Review. D. R. Butler, Philip Allan. 16, 2004
  • McDermott J & Grencis R K (2005() Fight for your life Biological Science Review. D. R. Butler, Philip Allan.18, 2
  • McDermott J & Grencis R K (2007) Looking ut for danger: How white blood cells protect us. Biological Science Review. D. R. Butler, Philip Allan. 19, 34

Researchers

British Society for Immunology: Welcome to bite-sized immunology!