UK-CIC Public Webinar: COVID-19 and your immune system

5th May 2021

*For our upcoming webinar, 'COVID-19, vaccines and protective immunity', taking place on Tuesday 29 June, click here.


Webinar title: COVID-19 and your immune system

Time/Date: Tuesday 4 May 2021, 18:00 - 19:00 BST



  • Professor Tracy Hussell, University of Manchester

  • Professor Doreen Cantrell, University of Dundee

  • Dr John Grainger, University of Manchester



  • Erika Aquino, British Society for Immunology

  • Adrienne Morgan, UK-CIC Patient & Public Involvement representative


The UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) was pleased to hold ‘COVID-19 and your immune system’, a free public webinar held on Tuesday 4 May from 18:00 – 19:00 BST.

Millions of people in the UK have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but there is a lot of variability in how it affects each person – some catch it without ever knowing whereas others become seriously unwell. What role does the immune system play in this variability?

Scientists from UK-CIC presented some of the cutting-edge research that has been taking place across the UK looking at how differences in immune response relate to how well a patient copes with infection. Members of the public watching the webinar also had the chance to ask the scientists their questions about COVID-19 immunology.

Our researchers explained how they measure different features of the immune system in patients admitted to hospital, and assess whether they can use those measurements to predict a severe outcome. The panel of scientists also described their strategies to define how differences in groups of people, such as ethnicity or those with other health conditions like heart disease, can affect patient outcomes.


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