Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at Leicester

Welcome to the department

Congratulations to our Respiratory colleagues who were successful at the inaugural Research Impact awards ceremony held at Stanford Court on 27 June 2017. The award was Best Societal Impact (achieved) and was awarded to Professor Andy Wardlaw and colleagues pictured below.  

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Flare-ups or exacerbations are a particular feature of severe asthma, and require people to take time off work, come into hospital and occasionally cause death - about 1,000 cases a year in the UK. It was long thought that the two patterns of asthma (day-to-day symptoms and exacerbations), were inextricably linked. The great insight of the Leicester respiratory group was that these two processes, while closely connected, could occur independently.

A close, collaborative relationship with GlaxoSmithKline led to the study of new drug mepolizumab in severe, exacerbation prone, eosinophilic asthma. This study was successful in demonstrating about a 50% reduction in severe exacerbations, eventually leading GSK to obtain a global licence for mepolizumab (as NucalaTM), in late 2015. In December 2016, NICE approved the treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma.



hometestThe department is part of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology and is located on the main University campus, Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building and within the University Hospitals of Leicester.




 We are a research-led department engaged in internationally competitive research. With strong links with the NHS, the department brings together basic and clinical scientists with established strengths in microbial sciences, respiratory sciences, nephrology and immunology. The quality of the respiratory research performed in Leicester has been recognised by the award of a National Institute of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit.

 The department plays a central role in the teaching of BSc Medical Microbiology and BSc Biological Sciences (Microbiology) degrees.  



 The department provides a stimulating and exciting environment in which to study for a postgraduate degree. Postgraduate studies include PhD by research and one year taught postgraduate degrees - MSc Infection and Immunity  and MSc Chronic Disease and Immunity  both of which include a substantial research project.  





 We are proud holders of an Athena SWAN silver award.



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Contact Details

Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building,
University Road,
Leicester, LE1 9HN, UK 

General enquiries to:
Alison Brown

T:+44 (0)116 252 2951
F:+44 (0)116 252 5030

Postgraduate enquiries to: 
Susan Kapadia (PhD)

Anna Boyce (MSc)

Erasmus and Study Abroad Co-ordinator:

Professor Peter Andrew

T: +44 (0)116 252 2951

Other contact details can be found in People

Head of Department: Professor Andy Wardlaw

Deputy Head of Department: Dr Shaun Heaphy

Respiratory Team Lead: Professor David Cousins

Microbial Sciences Team Lead: TBC

Renal team Lead: Dr Jon Barratt


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