The Infection and Immunity research theme 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.
Infection and Immunity draws together investigators from the Faculties of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry, Science and Engineering. Many of its investigators are based in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Clinical Sciences at South Bristol, but collaborations within the University extend widely and include the Departments of Social Medicine, Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Oral and Dental Science, Biochemistry and Engineering Mathematics.
Research covers four major areas:
Infection and immunity research at Bristol has resulted in several successful spin-out companies. Researchers have filed a large number of patents, worked with large pharmaceutical companies and small biotechs and taken bench ideas through the entire process of development, ethics and fundraising and through first into man studies. Researchers have a strong interest in the practical translation of their work and its importance in the treatment of human disease.
Departments and collectives involved in infection and immunity research include: