LIVE Talk | This Wormy World: Parasites – Friend or Foe? | 18:30 (UK time), 16 March 2021.

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18:30 (UK time), 16 March 2021.


My research interests are in immunity to infection, especially infections by large multi-cellular parasitic worms. I will concentrate on our studies of whipworm infection. This is a type of parasitic worm that infects humans (about 1 in 15 people) although different types of whipworms also infect multiple types of animal. I will discuss our discoveries on how infection establishes and how the immune system works to control it. More importantly perhaps, I will describe how the parasite avoids being controlled by the immune system and how this information may help us develop new ways of treating inflammatory diseases in addition to controlling whipworm infection. 

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The Speaker

I trained as a zoologist at the University of Nottingham and then the University of Glasgow and am currently Professor of Cellular Immunology at the University of Manchester. My whole research career has been investigating immunity to infection, with a major interest in parasitic worms that currently infect between 1.5 – 2 billion people.  

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