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IHA Director Prof Linda Partridge honoured with BBSRC Excellence Award

IHA Director, Professor Linda Partridge, has been recognised with a BBSRC Anniversary Award for Excellence in Bioscience.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has recognised outstanding contributions to bioscience made by four of its research community. As part of BBSRC’s 20th anniversary, the awards demonstrate pride for the UK's world-leading bioscience research base and the impact it has achieved in the last two decades.

The awards will be presented at the Great British Bioscience Festival in November.

Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, said: "Our 20th anniversary year is the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of researchers that BBSRC has supported. These awards highlight outstanding achievements that benefit us all and help to make the UK world-leading in bioscience."

Congratulations Linda!
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Published: Nov 7, 2014 4:31:19 PM

Dr Nazif Alic on the The Naked Scientists

Nazif Alic talks about healthspan and healthy ageing on The Naked Scientists.
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Published: Oct 24, 2014 10:40:42 AM

Former IHA students start PhD's at Cambridge University

The IHA is pleased to announce that former students Michael Shannack and Nattaphong Rattanavirotkul will both be starting PhD courses at Cambridge University this year. We wish them the best of luck in their studies! More...

Published: Sep 30, 2014 11:57:06 AM

Arne Akbar

3 April 2012

20 September 2011


A study led by Professor Arne Akbar, Associate of the IHA, was published today.  The work focussed on ways to revitalise white blood cells that were thought to have been deactivated after fighting infections.

Previous research had suggested that white blood cells had a finite lifespan, meaning they gave less protection as a person aged.  This was thought to be determined by 'caps' on the end of DNA called telomeres which get shorter as the body fights infection.  Prof Akbar's team showed however that some white cells were inactive yet had long telomeres, suggesting another mechanism in the immune system was switching them off.  When they blocked off the newly identified pathway, they found that the white blood cells appeared to 'come to life' again.

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