Introducing the Network

The Infection and Immunity Research Network studies the mechanisms that cause and spread disease. From emerging infections, spread around the world by modern travel or by environmental change, to chronic inflammatory conditions that strain the resources of first-world economies to breaking point, research in this area has immediate relevance to diseases that affect us all.

Dysregulated immunity and infection lead to illness and death worldwide. More than half of childhood deaths are due to an infectious cause; disorders of the immune system like allergy and autoimmunity are increasing rapidly in the ‌developed world and the immune system is increasingly being manipulated to allow organ transplantation and to control cancer.

The Infection and Immunity Research Network, which is supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, embraces this diversity of application, incorporating expertise ranging from fundamental studies of the structure of bacteria to population based research tackling the management of antibiotic resistance in general practice. Our key research areas include the pathogenesis of infection, population and human health research and immune regulation. The Network focuses on important areas of overlap that align with research funder and University priorities.

Infection and Immunity Research Strategy and Terms of Reference

The Network has a research strategy and terms of reference for the steering group: Strategy_and_Terms_of_Reference (PDF, 312kB)

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