Reporter 455, 25 September 2000

Immunologists confer on advances

Immunologists from all over Leeds, including the teaching hospitals and a number of University departments, have held the first study day under the umbrella of a newly formed interdisciplinary alliance.

This city is one of the biggest UK centres of immunology research outside London. The Leeds Immunology Interest Group (LIIG) was created to promote collaborative work in areas like infection and immunity, the genetics involved with the immune system, clinical practice or cancer immunology.

"The immune system is at the very centre of our well-being," explained Professor Simon Carding of the School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who chairs the LIIG and was one of the prime movers behind the study day at the Thackray Medical Museum.

"Immunology holds out hopes of eradicating infectious diseases like HIV and tuberculosis within a decade, through the development of new vaccines," he said.

"In Leeds, University researchers are working hand in hand with Europe’s largest group of teaching hospitals. Laboratory work here can rapidly be developed into medical practice – a ‘bench to bedside’ approach."

The event drew 100 researchers.

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