A healthy immune system is an effective immune system. We’re discovering what it takes to keep our immune cells fighting fit to improve overall health and wellbeing.
Our research focuses on what makes key cells in the immune system tick, and how we can optimise their performance through interventions like diet or immunotherapy, to boost their function whether it be fighting cancer or infection.
There are many different approaches when it comes to immune health. Our approach is through the gut. With more than 70% of our immune system located in our gut, it’s a prime target for understanding how immune cells interact with their environment through the foods we eat and find opportunities improve immune health.
Like any other working cell in the body, immune cells need energy to function. The types of foods we eat influence how well immune cells can fuel themselves, which in turn affects their function.
We’re investigating the effects of different metabolites – or energy sources –on the performance of immune cells and their function.
In Focus: A gateway for toxic damage and immune health
9 November 2023
New study sheds light on why fruit and vegetables are good for gut health
13 October 2023
Malaghan visiting researcher: Professor Charles Mackay
29 March 2023
Investigating the impact of dietary fibre on infant health
1 November 2022
Study shows link between prenatal antibiotic exposure and allergic diseases
18 July 2022
Dr Kerry Hilligan awarded HRC Emerging Researcher First Grant
31 May 2022