Immunology and Immunotherapy

Organisational unit: School

Organisation profile

Immunology, the science of how the body protects itself against infection and cancer, and immunotherapy, the treatment of disease through the manipulation of the immune system, are arguably the most exciting areas of medicine at the current time. Such approaches promise the opportunity of controlling infectious diseases while providing more effective cures for diseases including cancer, common autoimmune disorders and allergies and Alzheimer’s disease.

Birmingham has a very strong history of immunology research going back 30 years, and with one of the greatest concentrations of scientists and doctors in the world is well positioned to make a world-leading contribution.

Our research spans many aspects of the immune system, from the formation of white cells within the thymus gland (a small gland in the neck) to clinical trials on patients with diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or viral infections.

Our key research strengths include:

  • Immunology
  • Cancer Immunology
  • Virology
  • Liver Disease