Kennedy Trust gift to help drive forward research into inflammatory and musculoskeletal diseases at Oxford
30 November 2023
Two professorships in translational medicine have been endowed at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology thanks to a generous gift from the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research.
New PI will study the mechanical forces impacting cell fate decision-making and tissue dynamics in inflammatory diseases
23 November 2023
We welcome Adrien Hallou who has joined the Kennedy Institute as a new Principal Investigator. Adrien will be establishing his lab to better understand the role of mechanical forces on cell fate decisions and tissue dynamics in inflammatory diseases, with a particular focus on inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis.
New discovery furthers our understanding of how critical immune cells are controlled during an infection
21 November 2023
A recent publication from Audrey Gérard’s lab looks at how a specific protein, called IFNγ, can coordinate CD8+ T cell responses during a flu infection.
17 November 2023
Ruth Nanjala, DPhil student in Molecular and Cellular Medicine funded by the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) Kennedy Trust Prize Studentship, attended a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by King Charles III and Queen Camilla to mark the 60th anniversary of Kenya’s independence. Ruth was invited in her capacity as student leader within the Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc).
27 October 2023
The Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research (KTRR) visited the Kennedy Institute in early October. The Institute benefits extensively from the generous support of the KTRR and the visit was a great opportunity to share stories of our scientific successes and discuss future directions.
New Principal Investigator will study the role of peripheral nerve-associated glial cells in health and disease
13 October 2023
We welcome Fränze Progatzky who joined us this month as a new Principal Investigator, establishing her research group to study how glial cells in the nervous system of the gut and the lungs maintain healthy organs and drive responses to infection and injury.
Bioinformatician joins the Kennedy Institute to investigate shared patterns of inflammatory conditions
15 September 2023
We welcome Calliope (Calli) Dendrou who joined the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology this Summer as a Principal Investigator leading a research group. Calli is a leader in cross-disease multiomics and her research focuses on using omics (the study of totality of a molecular process in organisms) to find patterns shared by different inflammatory diseases, so that we can develop better treatments for these life-impacting conditions and repurpose existing treatments to help more people.
5 September 2023
The lunch with sandwiches, tea and strawberries was attended by staff and students and provided an opportunity to give some well-earned Long Service Awards.
4 September 2023
A new study looked at the effect of patient genetics on their response to secukinumab, an anti-IL17 therapy commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions including arthritis and psoriasis. No link was found between a patient’s genetic variants and their response to therapy. This study challenges the idea that genetics might significantly account for the variable responses to anti-IL17 therapy seen in the clinic.
27 June 2023
A new type of macrophages recently identified in atherosclerotic lesions could provide a missing link in understanding the inflammatory origins of the common yet fatal condition.
15 June 2023
The research will use the Kennedy’s state-of-the-art technology to understand the effect of EVOLVE molecules in the immune response to tumours.
1 June 2023
A team led by Alex Clarke at the Kennedy Institute has identified how high mitochondrial activity regulates antibody responses crucial for immunity but is also necessary for the development of lymphoma.
24 May 2023
Insights into a specific macrophage population suggest that these cells could drive inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Understanding their complex role could lead to better treatments for patients.
17 May 2023
Absci will apply its generative AI platform to The Kennedy Institute’s immunology biorepository to speed the discovery and development of multiple therapies
10 May 2023
The Kennedy professor is one of eight researchers from Oxford University who received a prestigious fellowship from the Royal Society in recognition of their work in the fields of science and medicine.
31 March 2023
A new study led by Oxford researchers has found vedolizumab can induce remission in patients who have chronic pouchitis after surgery for ulcerative colitis.