Immunologists study and analyse the role and composition of the immune system. In the definition given by the British Society for Immunology, they state that all multicellular organisms are prey to infection or invasion. Harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria and parasites constantly seek to gain access into the body, and if successful, this can lead to a number of serious diseases.
As an immunologists you will investigate immune disorders linked to diseases such as asthma and diabetes (Type I) and diseases such as Leukaemia.
As an immunologist, you could:
- Investigate immune system malfunctions that cause autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency and transplant rejection;
- Treat problems associated with allergies and immune system malfunctions, particularly those occurring in children.
But, the British Society for Immunology gives us more ideas on what you could be doing! Immunologists work also in many different areas of biomedical research, as well as in healthcare, agriculture and environmental monitoring. Because Immunology can be applied to several other scientific disciplines it impacts on many areas of conventional medicine. Your work would contribute to the development of new therapies, treatments and cures for patients, improving well-being and quality of life.
If you are interested in immunology, you might also be interested in virology as Françoise Barré-Sinoussi.
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