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Lucy Walker

Professor Lucy Walker

Research Fellow


University College London

Research summary

My research is focused on understanding how immune responses are initiated and regulated and how defects in these processes can cause autoimmune diseases. My group has a particular interest in type 1 diabetes which is known to be triggered by aberrant T-cell responses against the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is rising fast and the UK now has the 5th highest diagnosis rate in the world. The reasons for this increase are unclear but the cost to society, both in terms of quality of life and the economic burden on the NHS, is significant.

Our goal is to characterize the particular T cells responsible for causing autoimmune diabetes and to define the molecular switches that control them. This information will allow the development of more refined medicines to treat, and maybe even prevent, this condition.

Grants awarded

Exploring new biomarkers for the prediction and therapy of Type 1 Diabetes

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Sep 2015 - Aug 2020

Value: £75,000

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