New Professorship in Respiratory Science

Posted by egg3 at Jul 08, 2014 10:10 AM |
Professor David Cousins
New Professorship in Respiratory Science

Professor David Cousins

Professor Cousins has recently joined from King’s College London where he was a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the MRC & Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma. He will be based at the Glenfield Hospital in the new NIHR Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit.

His research plans are focussed on particular cells of the immune system that produce inflammatory proteins that cause inflammation in the lungs and a worsening of symptoms in patients. For several years his work has examined the role of T-cells in allergy and asthma. More recently he has been investigating a new cell type, called innate lymphoid cell, that scientists did not know existed until very recently. These new cells may be very important in causing inflammation in the lungs, especially during asthma exacerbations in response to viruses like the common cold virus. He will be continuing his work on these new cells with the aim of better understanding their role in respiratory disease. A deeper understanding of these cells will hopefully enable us to develop new and better medicines to treat respiratory diseases.

Research Interests:

  • Dysregulation of the immune system in asthma
  • Role of T-helper cells in the pathogenesis of respiratory disease
  • Involvement of innate lymphoid cells in asthma and allergic disease
  • Differentiation of immune cells in Type 2 immunity
  • Multicolour flow cytometry

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