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Professor Hannah Gould awarded 2014 Paul Ehrlich prize

Professor Hannah Gould, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, has been awarded the 2014 Paul Ehrlich Award for 'Improving Experimental Research'.

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Medal Awards are the highest distinction granted by the EAACI, to honour distinguished scientists who have contributed significantly to different domains of the field of Allergology and Clinical Immunology.

Hannah Gould is Professor of Biophysics and is one of the four principal investigators in the Allergy and Asthma research section in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics. She is also a principal investigator in the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, and the MRC Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma 

Her research is focused on the biology of IgE and the basis of allergic disease. She has a very active group who work on a diverse range of topics, extending from 'molecules to the bedside'. With Professors Brian Sutton and Jim McDonnell and Dr Andrew Beavil, she collaborates in studies of the relation of the structure to function of IgE and its receptors FcepsilonRI and CD23. With clinical collaborators, Professors Christopher Corrigan, Gideon Lack, Stephen Durham and others in the MRC Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma, she collaborates on problems relating to allergic mechanisms in rhinitis and asthma. With Dr David Fear in the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology, she collaborates on the developmental pathway of IgE-secreting plasma cells: prospective targets for the treatment of asthma. She has international collaborations in Asia, the US and Europe.

Local germinal centre reactions (comprising somatic hypermutation, class switch recombination, and receptor revision) in allergic inflammation, is a passionate interest. Professor Gould also participates in the design and execution of two current clinical trials, one on the efficacy of an anti-IgE in the treatment of non-atopic asthma and the other on IgE immunotherapy of ovarian cancer. 

Update 2 February 2015

The award is now on display in the Athena SWAN cabinet on the ground floor of New Hunt's House.