A rapid response to rogue cells
About Adrian Hayday
Professor Adrian Hayday and his team at our London Research Institute study the body’s immune response, which acts like a ‘police force’, finding and fighting unwanted things in the body, such as bacteria or viruses. But because cancer starts from our own cells, the immune system doesn’t always spot them.
Professor Hayday has found that a certain type of immune cell in the blood can respond very quickly to unusual changes in cells. These small changes, such as DNA damage or starting to grow too fast, are the first steps on the way to a cell becoming cancerous. Dr Hayday and his team are trying to figure out how these immune cells recognise faulty cells, as well as the ways in which early cancer cells avoid detection.
Many researchers around the world are investigating whether the power of the immune system could be used to fight cancer. Professor Hayday's work will help us to learn more about how our immune system deals with cancer cells, and could help to shape future treatments.
Other research projects by Adrian Hayday
Immunoglobulin E and cancer: a meta-analysis and a large Swedish cohort study
Cancer Causes Control.2010;21 :1657-1667
Complement regulator CD46 temporally regulates cytokine production by conventional and unconventional T cells
Nat Immunol.2010;11 :862-871