Vitamin d and Asthma
Interactions between the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, and the immune system are well established. With levels of the vitamin affecting a whole host of immune system functions including dendritic cell maturation, bacteria killing, immunoglobulin production by B cells, T-cell differentiation and cytokine production. As a result, vitamin D levels have been linked to a number of conditions including multiple sclerosis, cardiac disease and asthma.
This week research by the group of BSI member Catherine Hawrylowicz (Kings College London) was published showing a potential role for vitamin D in enhancing the function of steroids used to treat asthmatics. The work found that the active form of vitamin D (1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3) led a to decreased in the level of Th17 cytokine production in peripheral white blood cells from asthmatic patients. The study published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
The research was widely covered in the national media, including the BBC News website
and NHS Choices
Is my immune system normal?
Over the winter, every other advert tells us we need to boost our immune systems: they imply that if we get one cold, it’s proof that our immune system must be failing; two and we’re not normal. But how do you know what’s normal?
Join us on Saturday 8 June
at Cheltenham Science Festival
where immunologists Joanna Sheldon, Arne Akbar and Rick Maizels will discuss what factors like age who'll be doing her best to find out what’s normal.
To find out more about this event and to book tickets click here
Bite-Sized Immunology: Back with added Bite...
We are delighted to announce that our free immunology resource Bite-Sized Immunology has now been relaunched with updated functionality and lots of new content. It offers a quick and easy route to understanding the detailed workings of the immune system that is ideal for science undergraduates, or indeed anyone with a curious mind. We are grateful to our many volunteer authors who have made this enterprise possible. Find-out more here
BSI Summer School 2013 – Travel Awards
As the BSI Summer Schools may provide a career-shaping first step into the field of immunology for those who are yet to make its acquaintance, we are particularly keen to support those might benefit from such an opportunity. To this end, we are making a limited number of bursaries available to those BSI members who, although not currently active in the field of immunology, are either anticipating closer involvement – or to renew a previous interest.
Applications will be assessed competitively on the basis of how clearly the applicant communicates the anticipated contribution of the Summer School to their future development.
To download an application form click here
Bursaries up to the value of £400 will be awarded, and applications must be received by 30 June 2013
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