Infection, Immunotherapy and Inflammation

Research areas

Infection, Immunotherapy and Inflammation is comprised of the following research areas:


Infection and Immunity research in the School is closely linked with the University's Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research while the group’s farm animal research emphasises the importance of the Global Food Security agenda within the university through the Cabot Institute. The group brings together a number of research strengths ranging from the fundamental to the more applied research with potential for impact and all collectively benefit from being part of a university-wide research theme. The research areas contributing to this synergy include; immunology, microbiology, epidiemiology, mathematical modelling, infectious diseases, zoonoses, parasitology and social science approaches.

Some of the group’s major achievements include:

  • Developing a programme of translational research using the pig as a large animal model of human disease.  Successful pig laryngeal transplants have been followed by the first clinical transplantation of tissue engineered bronchi to an adult human.
  • Validating a decision support tool for diagnosis of endemic, vector-borne and parasitic bovine disease in developing countries.
  • First discovery of a novel haemoplasma species associated with clinical disease in humans.

Selected articles from our news archive:

New study sheds light on medicines storage practices on UK dairy farms

Pig immunology comes of age: killer T cell responses to influenz

New study evaluates different strategies for chlamydia screening

How Nagana is carried by tsetse flies

How dangerous liaisons between human and animal parasites generate new strains of disease

Could a probiotic be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Growing up on a farm directly affects regulation of the immune system

New study hopes to reduce bone fracture rates in laying hens

The many aspects of Infection and Immunity research
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