Professor of Immune Cell Biology, University of Birmingham

Janet Lord is director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, both located within the new Queen Elizabeth super Hospital which opened in the summer of 2011.

Janet’s research focuses on the innate immune system, the body’s front line defense against infection, and how the efficiency of this system is affected by ageing and stress, the latter including physical trauma and emotional stress such as bereavement. She is also interested in how the ageing of the immune system predisposes adults to chronic inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and COPD and the muscle wasting associated with age and these conditions. In all of her work she aims to translate research findings into interventions, whether lifestyle (exercise, diet) or pharmacological, to improve immunity and health in old age.

Professor Lord is also a leading member of the NIHR SRMRC, researching the impact of major trauma on the immune system and how this differs with age. Find out more about the work of the research centre on the SRMRC website.

Janet has published over 200 research papers and reviews in the fields of immunesenescence, chronic inflammatory disease and neuroendocrineimmune biology. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015 and awarded the Lord Cohen Medal by the British Society for Research into Ageing in 2013. Her research is currently funded by grants from MRC, Arthritis Research UK, NIHR, The Scar Free Foundation and the European Commission.

Experience

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    Professor of Immune Cell Biology, University of Birmingham