Infection and Immunity


Prestigious European Prize for Professor Lucy Walker

PEFIS Award smallrofessor Lucy Walker has received the EFIS Lecture Award from the European Federation of Immunological Societies at the 2016 Congress of the German Society for Immunology (DGfI). The Award is for an outstanding European scientist invited by other EFIS member societies to speak at their national meeting. Previous awardees include Peter Openshaw, Luke O’Neill, Klaus Rajewski, Adrian Hayday, Eric Vivier and Frederica Sallusto. Together with a bronze medal with depictions of Paul Ehrlich and Elie Metchnikoff, and a diploma, the Lecturer receives an honorarium of 700 Euros.

“It is a great honour to be selected for this prize and to have the opportunity to participate in the German national immunology meeting in Hamburg” said Professor Walker. “International collaboration is critical for our research and I feel very proud to have received this award from my European colleagues.”

Lucy Walker is Professor of Immune Regulation at the UCL Institute for Immunity & Transplantation in the Royal Free Hospital. Her research focuses understanding how immune responses are initiated and regulated and how defects in these processes can cause autoimmune diseases. Her group has a particular interest in type 1 diabetes in which the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

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