Influenza is a widespread viral illness that can be fatal. The spread of influenza can be contained by vaccination, but the virus causes many deaths worldwide each year.


The emergence of a pandemic strain of influenza virus is an ongoing global health concern. Our research is revealing the dual roles of the immune system in preventing influenza infection, and contributing to serious influenza symptoms.

Our influenza research

Our research into influenza is focused on understanding how the immune system responds to the infection. Our researchers are focusing on

  • Understanding how immunity to influenza develops.
  • Revealing how inflammation worsens illness from influenza infection.
  • Discovering new strategies to improve immunity to influenza, and how illness is treated.
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