Infectious diseases – including food poisoning, sepsis, and pneumonia – cause one-third of global deaths. Foodborne diseases are a major threat to public health, mostly affecting children in developing countries. Infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria have also reduced the efficacy of antibiotics. The immune system is critical in controlling these infections and ensuring our survival. Identifying new components of this important system that can be targeted by drugs can help prevent or treat potentially deadly infections.
Professor Si Ming Man will discuss his research on the importance of the immune system in recognising microbes, injury and invasion, as well as the role of inflammation in the development of chronic diseases.