Day of Immunology 2020

In celebration of the 2020 Day of Immunology, we take a look at some the latest ideas and developments from our researchers.

In the midst of a global pandemic – Q&A with Professor Andrew Brooks

We caught up with Professor Brooks, Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Deputy Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute). In this Q&A, Professor Brooks discusses what’s ahead for the field of immunology and the importance of ongoing research in this critical area of biomedical sciences.

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Finding your MAITS

Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a type of immune cell that forms a crucial line of defence in our mucous membranes. This article from the Doherty Institute looks at the latest research from Professor Jim McCluskey and Dr Zhenjun Chen of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, that is investigating the role these cells play in our immune system.

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Activating the snipers of our immune system

Dr Alexander Barrow, Laboratory Head in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Doherty Institute, has written about how natural killer cells help to protect the body against infection and cancer. He also explores his research, which is helping us to understand the role natural cytotoxicity receptors have in this process.

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Illustration of natural killer cells attacking a cancer cell

Natural killer cells attacking a cancer cell

Setting it Straight with Laureate Professor Peter Doherty

Professor Doherty’s new column delves into all things infection and immunity. The latest article, “Pustules, Poxes and World Immunisation Week” explores the history of vaccinations and the approaches researchers around the world are taking in developing a vaccine for COVID-19.

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You can also catch up on Professor Doherty’s previous columns “Talking about COVID-19?” and “Immuno, Immunis, Immunity…”.