Latest News Stories from the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine MRC Human Immunology Unit
Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Posted 15/11/2013

Jan Rehwinkel has been named as the recipient of a Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award. These awards are aimed at providing funding for scientists who have an excellent track record and are in an established academic post. Jan was given the award on the strength of his research programme focused on furthering understanding of cytosolic DNA detection by the host immune system. Cytosolic detection is of particular importance not only during ...

Amiloride study in Multiple Sclerosis wins national award

Posted 23/05/2013

This week the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research team at University of Oxford was awarded the prestigious MS Research Project of the Year award. The award was announced at the 2012 MS Society awards ceremony in “recognition of world class research projects, based in the UK, working hard to beat MS”. The research led by Professor Lars Fugger in collaboration with Dr Matt Craner identified a target, the acid sensing ion channel (ASIC), which when ...

Iron Metabolism Group to Join the HIU

Posted 23/05/2013

The Iron Metabolism Group, led by Hal Drakesmith, will be joining the HIU in April 2013. Already located within the WIMM, the group researches the interaction of iron metabolism and immunity, focussing on the role of the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin during malaria, tuberculosis, Candida, HIV-1, and Hepatitis C virus infections. The group is also studying how the molecular pathways that control hepcidin interact with other innate immune ...

EMBO Award Success

Posted 23/05/2013

  After only a brief time in the Rehwinkel group Dr Jonathan Maelfait has been awarded one of the prestigious long-term post-doctoral fellowships offered by EMBO.Dr Maelfait completed his PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Ghent in 2011 and in 2012 joined the Rehwinkel Group to study innate immune receptors that sense virus-derived nucleic acids.With the support of this EMBO long-term fellowship, granted in May 2012, Jonathan will ...