Immune mechanisms of vascular disease

Immune mechanisms of vascular disease

Project details

This project will study the role of the immune system in driving autoimmune disease, focusing on inflammatory diseases of the vasculature, most notably cardiovascular disease. 

These studies will investigate how the immune system becomes activated, and in turn drives tissue-pathology in these settings. This will involve a wide-range of analytical and experimental procedures including confocal microcopy, flow cytometry, RNA-sequencing and proteomics. The project will provide insight into the basis of inflammatory disease, with the primary aim of developing novel therapies that target immune mediators of disease.

About our research group

Professor Ian Wicks is a rheumatologist and clinical immunologist. His laboratory studies the processes of autoimmunity, exploring a number of disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic heart disease, systemic lupus erythematosus and Kawasaki disease. He has developed a close collaboration with industry partners (such as CSL) to enable the development of novel biological therapeutics to treat autoimmune disease.



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Inflammation division

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