Prof Fazekas de St Groth’s “clever cell” research features in Weekend Australian

Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth

Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth, Head of T Cell Biology Group at Centenary. Source: The Australian

Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth, Head of the T Cell Biology Group at Centenary, has featured prominently in this week’s Weekend Australian. Her work in targeted immunosupression and the “odd behaviour” of immune cells in the skin has captured the interest of the media, and is a great acknowledgement of the ground-breaking work that Barbara does.

The Weekend Australian story reported on Barbara’s research in immune defence and her discovery that in the upper most layer of the skin, cells were suppressing the immune response, preventing a reaction and inducing tolerance.

Currently, the treatment for autoimmune disorders is general immunosuppression, which leaves patients vulnerable to infection. But the ability to inhibit an immune response to a specific immune trigger may be the key to new treatments for immune system disorders.

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