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Our research focuses on understanding the physiological importance of host defence peptides (HDP) to our ability to combat bacterial and viral infections. In addition, we study the potential of HDP in the development of novel therapeutic approaches, with the potential to circumvent problems of microbial resistance to conventional treatments by enhancing natural defences.

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RESEARCH FOCUS

We focus on the role of host defence peptides (HDP; also known as antimicrobial peptides) as modulators of inflammation, immunity and cell differentiation & death in infectious and inflammatory diseases. We have particular interest in diseases of the lungs (including infections with RSV and influenza, and cystic fibrosis) and the skin (including atopic dermatitis), as well as novel approaches to cancer immunotherapy and extending our knowledge of inflammatory processes to the development of novel therapeutics.

NEWS

Chief Scientist Office Grant started

Chief Scientist Office grant We are delighted to be starting research funded by a new grant from the Chief Scientist Office today. This award will fund a new Postdoctoral Researcher (starting later in the year) and Research Assistant (Lauren Melrose),…
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A British Skin Foundation funded project into atopic eczema

A British Skin Foundation funded project into atopic eczema Read a blog on our new British Skin Foundation funded Eczema research:   BSF Blog   o  
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Excellent GRC on Antimicrobial Peptides 2019

GRC on Antimicrobial Peptides 2019 Donald has just completed co-Chairing a highly successful Gordon Conference on Antimicrobial Peptides, with Henk Haagsman, in Il Ciocco, Italy. The talks were excellent, including from The University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research’s Emily Gwyer Findlay,…
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Welcome Jamil!

NEW GROUP MEMBER Welcome to Jamil Jubrail, who has joined the Davidson group as a postdoctoral researcher on our Action Medical Research Grant. We are delighted to have you here!   Find our more about members of the team HERE
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RT @britsocimm: A week today, we'll be celebrating World Immunology Day with our friends at @TheCrick & @NatImmunol with a free public even…
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RT @wellcometrust: Impact factors are still widely used in academic evaluations - despite efforts to dampen their influence. The merit of t…
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Meet our #Supercytes Dendritic Cell: MI5-style surveillance for the immune system! Supercytes is a free… https://t.co/vR2IU02VRU
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RT @UNICEF: 💪 Vaccines are safe. 💪 They go through the strictest quality standards. 💪 They are handled by skilled health staff. 💪 Most i…
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RT @EdinUniMedicine: Booking is open for our next inaugural lecture, "Acute Pancreatitis: Searching for a New Medicine" by Professor Damian…
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Donald J. Davidson is a medical graduate of the University of Edinburgh who chose to pursue a scientific research career. He completed a PhD at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, studying the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis lung disease, then was awarded a Wellcome Trust Travelling Research Fellowship to undertake post-doctoral training in innate immunity research at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. After four years in Canada, he was recruited to the MRC / University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research, where he has developed an independent research group, focused on host defence peptides and pulmonary innate defence mechanisms, funded as a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow, and subsequently as an MRC Senior Non-clinical Fellow.

Lab Members

Jamil Jubrail

Jamil Jubrail

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lauren Melrose

Lauren Melrose

Research Technician

SARA VAN BOECKEL

SARA VAN BOECKEL

PhD Student

JONATHAN GILLAN

JONATHAN GILLAN

PhD Student

Sam Walker

Sam Walker

PhD student

Jenny Shelley

Jenny Shelley

PhD Student

University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research

The group is part of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research; a multidisciplinary centre established in 1999 to bring together a critical mass of internationally outstanding researchers in inflammation, harnessing the skills of basic and clinical scientists to conduct internationally competitive research on the roles of inflammation in health and disease, in order to develop new approaches toward diagnosis, prevention and treatment.