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Institute News

Open Day presentations now online

Presentations from the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Open Day 27 June 2014 can now be viewed online.
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Institute "fantastic" says Jeremy Hunt

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt met staff and patients on a visit to the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, and descrbed its work as "just fantastic". Full story in the Ham and High.
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Research

The Institute focusses on “bench to bedside” translational research to develop vaccinations, gene therapy and cell therapy to target immune-related conditions, as well as new types of transplant.  Clinical areas include:

  • cancer and leukaemia
  • chronic infections such as HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis
  • auto-immune diseases including diabetes, scleroderma and inflammatory bowel disease
  • inherited immunodeficiency
  • other rare diseases such as haemophilia and amyloidosis
  • tissue and organ transplantation.
Prof Lucy Walker and HRH the Duke of York

Specific projects to improve early diagnosis and therapeutic options include:

  • Successful development of gene therapy for haemophilia B, and expanding this to other forms of haemophilia and to lysosomal storage diseases.
  • Improviding leukaemia immunotherapy through new lentiviral-vector vaccines targetting skin dendritic cells.
  • Developing new vaccination protocols to prevent viral disease in transplant patients
  • Adoptive cell therapy for leukaemia/lymphoma and viral infection
  • Innovative gene therapies for leukaemia, solid cancers and chronic infection
  • Discovering the genetic basis of certain forms of immunodeficiency and autoimmune conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, facilitating early diagnosis and treatment
  • New biological therapies for patients with scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary arterial hypertension
  • Tissue engineering and artificial organs for transplantation
  • Immune therapy for type 1 diabetes
  • Immune regulation and transplantation immunity
  • Hepatitis C virus cell-entry and antibody modulation.

Find out more about our researchers.

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