Immunology Research Symposium

19 November, 2012     9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Audrey Emerton Building lecture theatre - Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5BE

Developments in immunology are defining 21st century medicine, reshaping the focus of every clinical discipline. This is reflected in the broad spectrum of immunology research taking place at BSMS and BSUH, which ranges from primary immunodeficiency to autoimmunity, biological therapy, infection and inflammation and healthy ageing.

The BSMS and BSUHT Immunology Symposium will showcase the latest research from Sussex-based researchers and beyond, including a keynote address from Dr Liz Lightstone, Imperial College, London (see biography below). 

Abstract Submission Deadline: 28th September 2012

Presentations on topics ranging from:

  • My body makes me sick: Central effects of bodily inflammation
  • Infection and the immune system in older life
  • Imaging CNS Lupus
  • The inflammatory toll of innate immunity in rheumatic diseases
  • Assessing the immune response to Clostridium difficile infection
  • T cell response to environmental allergens: walking the immunological tightrope

Complimentary lunch & refreshments * Stands from the NIHR Comprehensive Local Research Network & Primary Care Research Network

* Open to all research active staff and students for either part or all of the day * *Attendance is free but booking essential to ensure your place*

To reserve your place, register using the on-line registration form.

Abstract submissions for either an Oral Poster, or Poster for presentation at the Poster Session welcomed. The deadline to submit your Abstract is 28th September.

Download an Abstract Submission Form – and email your completed form to Jayne Wellington,

Glaxo Smith Kline have given funding towards the cost of this meeting, but have had no input into the agenda or content

liz-lightstone.jpgDr Liz Lightstone, PhD, FRCP

Liz Lightstone is a Reader in Renal Medicine in the Division of Immunology and Inflammation, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, and an Honorary Consultant Renal Physician in the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Renal and Transplant Centre (ICHNT RTC). After an undergraduate degree at Cambridge, she graduated in Medicine from the University of London in 1983, and trained in Nephrology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. She won a Medical Research Council Training Fellowship in 1988, and undertook a PhD in Immunology at University College London. This was followed by a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. She was appointed Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician in 1995.

Dr Lightstone has major roles in undergraduate and postgraduate medicine at Imperial College, in particular in her role as Director of the North West Thames Foundation School. She is a member of the LUPUS UK Peer Review Panel. She is an elected member of the UK Renal Association Executive and is active in the Renal Association Clinical Affairs Board, the Education and Training and the Equal Opportunities Committees.

Dr Lightstone's research is now focused on lupus nephritis and renal disease in ethnic communities. Together with colleagues in the ICHNT RTC, she has pioneered the use of steroid minimising regimens in lupus nephritis. She is working on identifying urine biomarkers that better predict the outcome of lupus nephritis. She is joint principal investigator on a study, funded by Kidney Research UK, to identify the incidence and progression of chronic kidney disease in the Indian Asian community in West London. Her main clinical interests are in lupus nephritis and the management of women with kidney disease in pregnancy.


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