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Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award

Dr Claudia Kemper, Reader in DTIMB and part of the MRC Centre for Transplantation, has received the prestigious Wellcome Trust New Investigator Award, for her work on Complement receptor signalling in Th-1 immunity. 

Given to just a handful of researchers every year, these awards aim to support researchers with a proven excellent scientific track-record who have already shown that they can innovate and drive advances in their field of study. 

Dr Kemper commented: “My laboratory is interested in defining how signals from innate immunity – specifically those derived from complement activation – contribute the regulation of adaptive immunity. The strong support from the Wellcome Trust will allow us to demarcate complement receptor-mediated signaling pathways in CD4+ T cells vital to Th1 induction and function and expand our understanding about pathways of T helper differentiation and mechanism of immune homeostasis in man. Furthermore, together with our key collaborators Profs. Andrew Cope (KCL) and David Abraham and Christopher Denton (UCL), we aim at unraveling the defects in these pathways in two model inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma to provide the framework for developing therapeutic strategies harnessing these pathways”.   

Professor Steve Sacks, Head of Division and MRC Centre for Transplantation Director said: "I am delighted to see expansion of Claudia’s work at the interface between innate and adaptive immune responses, building on her earlier achievements and recognising her potential in this field. The MRC Centre for Transplantation is a fertile ground for supporting basic concepts and the wider impact on medical advance"

To see the full list of awards, visit the Wellcome Trust website.