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David Hume

Professor David Hume

Research Fellow


University of Edinburgh

Research summary

My central research focus is on the biology of macrophages; cell of the immune system that protect against infections and promote repair of damaged tissues. In the livestock sector, we are especially interested in disease resistance and immunity in pigs, sheep, chickens and water buffalo. We work on the possible applications of CSF-1, a hormone-like molecule that makes macrophages grow. Studies in animal models of disease offer promise in several kinds of tissue repair, in the bone, the kidney and the liver. We have also produced the protein for applications in humans, pigs and chickens. Supporting these activities, my group has been extensively involved in understanding the way information is coded in the genome, as part of a major international collaboration called FANTOM5.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

The biology of the mononuclear phagocyte system

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Aug 2010 - Jul 2015

Value: £100,000