Infection and immunity

Research areas

Infection and Immunity is comprised of the following research areas:

Overview

Infection and Immunity research in the School is closely linked with Bristol One Health through the University's Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research while the group’s farm animal research emphasises the importance of the national 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, mathematical modelling, companion animal infectious diseases and veterinary parasitology.

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 discovering a novel haemoplasma species associated with clinical disease in humans.

Selected articles from our news archive:

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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