St George's University of London has been providing formal training for doctors since 1733. Approximately 3,000 medical students are currently enrolled in courses taught on the campus, which adjoins St George's hospital in Tooting, south west London. Scientific research at St George's has expanded over recent years to encompass a broad spectrum of interests from novel microbicides and vaccine candidates through to the study of early human development.
Research interests on the combined Medical School and Hospital site are extremely wide-ranging, encompassing a spectrum from leading-edge fundamental investigations to applied clinical and Health Services research. The research of most relevance to the EMI-TB consortium is that conducted at the Institute for Infection and Immunity. Research at the institute aims aims to develop a better understanding of pathogen biology and human immune responses to enhance diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease and conditions linked to immune system function. A new vaccine institute was opened in 1998, building on a heritage that goes back to Edward Jenner, a student of the school and the man who invented the modern concept of vaccination.
The consortium is pleased to announce that Dr Kris Huygen, Head of Immunology at the Belgian Scientific Institute for Public Health, has agreed to act as Scientific Advisor for the EMI-TB action.
Dr Kris Huygen has had an active research interest in TB immunology and vaccine development for over 20 years, and during that time she has made seminal contributions to the field, including pioneering DNA vaccination approaches and characterising the immune response to the Mtb Ag85 antigens. As Scientific Advisor, Dr Huygen will take an active part in directing the efforts of the EMI-TB consortium.
EMI TB 1st Annual Meeting, Kick-off
St George's, University of London
2-3 February 2015
EMI-TB got underway in earnest with a two day symposium meeting at the co-ordinating institution, St. George's, in London. There was a open session on day 1, giving a chance for anyone interested in the action to come and hear a range of talks covering scientific and managerial aspects, while day 2 focused on establishing research priorities for the first six months of the project.
Participants can access selected presentations, and the minutes of the meeting, here.
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