BBC report on link between immune system and depression

The BBC have published a new radio documentary looking at the increasing evidence of whether a dysfunctional immune system may be the cause of some cases of depression.  They talk to leading scientists in this burgeoning field of immunopsychiatry including Professor Carmine Pariente (King's College London) and Professor Belinda Lennox (Oxford) to find out if this discovery might led to new medications for patients who have not responded to traditional treatment. 
    
You can read the full report on the BBC website
    
'The Inflamed Mind' is on BBC Radio 4 at 21:00 BST on Wednesday 24 August or can be subsequently be listened to via iPlayer (UK users only). Image credit: Shutterstock

BSI at International Congress of Immunology 2016

  
We're looking forward to seeing many of our members and other immunologists from around the world at the International Congress of Immunology on 21-26 August in Melbourne, Australia. 
  
The BSI will have a stand in the 'Society Village' where you will have the opportunity to meet us, learn more about our work and talk to our staff about how the BSI can help you.  If you are attending the Congress, do drop by our stand - we'd love to see you.  
   

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The BSI is now looking for an excellent candidate to take on the role of Education and Careers Officer who will be responsible for the management and development of the education and careers activities of the Society. The closing date for applications is midday, 9 September 2016. Click here for more information. 




Join us for the BSI's 60th anniversary lecture

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the British Society for Immunology.  As part of our celebrations, we are hosting a free public debate at the Royal Society entitled ‘The changing face of medical research’.  This will take place at 18:00-19:30 on Tuesday 11 October.
  
With panel members Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Professor Peter Openshaw and Professor Fiona Powrie, we explore how biomedical research has changed over the past 60 years and where it may lead us in the future, from self-experimentation that would be unimaginable today, to big data and collaboration on a global scale. Author and broadcaster Professor Adam Hart will chair the discussion, which will be followed by a complementary drinks reception.

We hope many BSI members are able to join us at this free event to celebrate our first 60 years and look forward to the next 60. Tickets are going fast so book your space here.

Submit your abstract to BSI/NVVI Congress 2016

  
Abstract submission is now open for our joint Congress between the British Society for Immunology and the Dutch Society of Immunology, which is taking place in Liverpool, UK on 6 - 9 December 2016.
   
This year, we have many more slots available for oral communications for submitted abstracts. This is your chance to showcase your research to a large, international audience.  Don’t delay – submit your abstract online by Thursday 15 September.
      
The BSI also has a number of bursaries available to assist with the costs of attending the Congress. You can find out more information and download an application form via the Congress website.  
    

BSI celebrates the internationalism of immunology

Immunology: an international life saving science
The UK ranks first amongst the G7 for the quality of its research in infection and immunology, a fact that is in no small part due to the numerous global links and relationships that support world-class immunological research in our institutions.  Our new report ‘Immunology: an international, life-saving science’ highlights why these issues matter and makes a number of recommendations that can help ensure UK immunology continues to flourish on the international stage.
 
In response to the referendum result of the UK to leave the European Union, the British Society for Immunology also released a comment from our President, Professor Peter Openshaw, which you can read here.
      

The British Society for Immunology (BSI) mission is to promote excellence in immunological research, scholarship and clinical practice in order to improve human and animal health. 


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