Professor Uwe Vinkemeier | Action Medical Research

Professor Uwe Vinkemeier

Action Medical Research Chair of Cell Biology

University of Nottingham

Professor Uwe Vinkemeier holds the Action Medical Research Chair of Cell Biology in Nottingham.

“We are studying signalling molecules called cytokines, particularly interferons, which pass messages between cells,” says Professor Vinkemeier. “Interferons play an important role in protecting us against infection. They are also used as treatments – for some cancers and viral infections, for example, and for multiple sclerosis.”

“A lack of understanding of exactly how interferons work is limiting our ability to get the best out of them. For example, although they benefit people with MS, they can have the opposite effect in another autoimmune disease called lupus. They may also have uses we haven’t discovered yet. By improving understanding, we hope to find ways to make better use of interferons, and other cytokines, to treat more people safely.”

Previous holders

Professor Paul O’Shea 1999 – 2005
Professor Sandra Downes 1994 – 1998
Professor R G Burwell 1974 – 1993

 

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