University of York Launches £5m Immunology and Infection Centre

Today, a £5 million Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) is being started by the University of York, in an attempt to expand its Heslington Campus. In order to battle chronic ailments like Crohn’s Disease, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, the joint research centre founded by the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the Department of Biology at the University of York, will produce medications and vaccines.

Today, Dr. Robert Ridley, Director of TDR, the World Health Organisation’s special programme for research and training in tropical sicknesses, inaugurated the centre. It was launched after a convention on immunity and infection that comprised speakers from all over the world.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Brian Cantor said, “York is already in the vanguard of research into immunology and infectious diseases and these new facilities will further enhance our world-class research in this area”.

In July 2009, work on the 1,350 sq m building was started by principal contractor GB Building Solutions. The new building will have three floors of laboratories, augmented facilities for dealing with high-risk pathogens and a medical suite for volunteer researches and medical experiments.

The centre’s Director, Professor Paul Kaye said that the new facility will take their work to new heights.