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Our immune system has evolved to deal with a host of challenges, yet the microbes that can infect us have also developed ways to evade and manipulate host immunity. As we learn more about the complex interplay between immunology and the microbes that live in and on us, we are realising the potential we have to develop novel medicine’s and therapies to heal ourselves. Sheena Cruickshank will take you on a quick tour of some of these remarkable developments in immunology as well as introduce you to some of the incredible microbes that could unlock the potential of our immune system.

Sheena Cruickshank is an immunologist and Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Public Engagement at the University of Manchester. She researches how immune responses of the gut are started as a result of infection and for inflammation. Sheena is an award – winning science communicator.

The Atrium cafe will be open before and after the talk. Check out the delicious menu and call 020 7670 2973 or email ri@ri.ac.uk to reserve your table.

The dress code for this event is smart (ties optional, no jeans or trainers).

Please be aware that this Discourse starts at 7.30pm, but all attendees must be seated in the theatre by 7.20pm.

This event will be filmed and on the Ri’s YouTube channel within a few months.