Monday, 19 March 2018
Department of Medicine Scientific Seminar, “Effector T cell-mediated injury in the glomerulus- A moving picture with an unhappy ending”, 12 April
Professor A Richard Kitching and Professor Michael Hickey present:
“Effector T cell-mediated injury in the glomerulus- A moving picture with an unhappy ending”
Professor A Richard Kitching - Centre for Inflammatory
Professor A Richard Kitching is a physician-scientist in the Department of Medicine. He heads a group working in defining how the immune system can injury the kidney in disease. He is the Director of the Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases. His research focuses on understanding the involvement of leukocytes (white blood cells) in glomerulonephritis, an important cause of kidney disease, so that more targeted and effective treatments can be developed and used.
Professor Michael Hickey - Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences
Professor Michael Hickey says leukocytes, or white blood cells, are both the good and bad guys of our immune system. While these cells are critical to our ability to fight infections and heal our tissues after injury, they are also responsible for some of the most debilitating inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory kidney disease. Michael’s laboratory investigates the behaviour of leukocytes in inflamed tissues and the blood vessels that supply them, using highly advanced microscopes to visualise white blood cells in tissues. The overall approach of the laboratory stems from the idea that only by directly visualising white blood cells in action can we aim to understand how they contribute to inflammatory diseases, and thereby identify new ways to tackle these conditions.