Division of Infection and Immunity


IIT Seminar | Professor Leonie Taams

09 January 2020, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

'Joint perspectives: investigating synovial inflammation in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis'

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Professor Arne Akbar & Professor Benedict Seddon (Host)


UCL Medical School, Royal Free Campus
Rowland Hill Street
United Kingdom

Professor Leonie Taams of the Centre for Inflammation Biology and Cancer Immunology at Kings College London will be speaking at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation Seminar Series on Thursday 09 January. The seminar will be held in room TR14 at the UCL Medical School Royal Free Campus.

All are welcome to attend. If you would like to meet the speaker after the seminar please contact Professor Arne Akbar (a.akbar@ucl.ac.uk).

About the speaker

The Taams lab studies fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that initiate, perpetuate and regulate immune-mediated inflammation in human health and disease. Our long-term goal is to identify novel targets/pathways for therapeutic intervention of inflammation and to better inform treatment decisions. To achieve this, the lab works in a multi-disciplinary environment with strong clinical, academic and industrial collaborations.

The lab have a specific interest in T cell, monocyte and cytokine biology, and how these cells and mediators influence the ensuing immune response. The lab combines in vitro models with ex vivo and in situ studies using human cells and tissue samples to investigate the presence, induction and regulation of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory immune cells and their interaction with the tissue environment.

The Taams lab translate their questions and findings by studying rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) as key examples of chronic inflammatory diseases and as model systems to investigate the immune system at the site of inflammation in humans. For this, they collaborate closely with Professor Bruce Kirkham and his team at the Rheumatology Department at Guy's Hospital.

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