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Professor Mick Bailey

Professor Mick Bailey

Professor Mick Bailey
B.V.Sc.(Bristol), Ph.D.(Cantab.)

Professor of Comparative Immunology

Area of research

The effects of early-life environment on development of the mucosal immune system

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Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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Research summary


The mucosal immune system is exposed to pathogens but also to food and commensal bacteria, and must produce active immune responses or tolerance, respectively. The ability to discriminate accurately between the two is important, since making the wrong decision can result in allergy or in susceptibility to infectious diseases. There is increasing evidence that events during early life can influence individual susceptibility to allergy, by affecting the process of colonisation of the intestine with commensal microbiota, exposure to pathogenic organisms, or through the level of exposure to food antigens before weaning. Similar early-life events affecting microbial colonisation are also ...

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BVSc Veterinary Science
BSc Cellular and Molecular Medicine

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