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Update on the Immunology Network which works across the partners

The University of Oxford Immunology Network

The University of Oxford Immunology Network was established in 2017 under the academic leadership of Professor Paul Klenerman and aims to provide a cohesive hub for immunology research at Oxford to harness the diverse expertise and knowledge within the immunology community for the benefit of basic science and translational medicine. The immunology community at Oxford is large and positionally dispersed across three major sites; South Parks Road, the Old Road Campus and the JR Hospital, therefore an organised Network led by the Research Facilitator for Immunology is essential to facilitate the sharing of resources, knowledge and expertise to provide real benefit. Our community now encompasses over 400 researchers from 15 departments in medical and physical sciences. The Immunology Network has two broad aims; to facilitate communication and collaboration.

Financial support from OAHP is funding a communications officer who will work with the Immunology Network two days per week. We run events such as symposia and theme days, we identify and facilitate collaborative funding applications and we communicate regularly through our mailing list, website and Twitter feed.

The diagram shows how the Immunology Network is made up. Increasingly it is working across all the partners of the OAHP

Oxford Immunology Symposium 2021

On 20-22 April 2021, the University of Oxford Immunology Network and the BSI Oxford Immunology Group ran a virtual symposium to highlight the excellent immunology research at Oxford and provide an opportunity for the sharing of information and ideas. Hundreds of attendees joined the event on each day from across the world. Alongside 3 high profile keynote speakers, Professor Judi Allen, Professor Annette Oxenius and Professor John Wherry, we invited 7 PIs from Oxford to present their research and selected 8 abstract submissions to present a short talk. During the final session, the audience completed a poll to select their favourite short talk, with the winners, Megan Teh, Dingxi Zhou and Richard Bough, all DPhil students, receiving Amazon vouchers. Plans for 2022 are already underway and we hope to be able to return to a physical format.