An introduction to the immune system: Nature’s great balancing act
Dr Dannielle Wellington, from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine
This lecture will take you through the basics of the immune response to a pathogen before exploring how a tip in the balance of the immune response in either direction can be detrimental and put people at greater risk of serious infection.
Dr Dannielle Wellington is a postdoc from the Human Immunology Unit of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine working on the immune responses to viral infections such as influenza and SARS-Cov-2. Her current work focusses on how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is processed and presented to effector cells of the immune system called T cells leading to the targeted killing of infected cells. She previously completed her PhD at the University of Southampton on the autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Autoimmunity in academia: A personal perspective
Dr Paula Croal, University of Nottingham
This talk will cover some of the challenges of living with an autoimmune disease, how this has impacted my day-to-day life and career, as well as questioning what can be done both on an individual and institutional level to support students and staff with compromised immune systems.
Dr Paula Croal is currently a research fellow in The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at The University of Nottingham focusing on methods development for physiological MRI in brain tumours. Since being diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease Paula has become an advocate for disabled academics.
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