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Helena Helmby

PhD

Associate Professor

Room
Room 485

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7927 2424

Fax.
020 7323 5687

Helena Helmby completed her PhD at Stockholm University in 1998. The subject of her thesis work was various aspects of immune regulation during malaria infection. She then moved to Manchester University where she studied T cell regulation and development of mucosal immunity during intestinal nematode infections. She joined the LSHTM in 2002 on a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship followed by a RCUK Fellowship in Helminth Immunology in 2006, and a Lectureship in 2011.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Immunology and Infection Department

Centres

Malaria Centre

Teaching

Helena's teaching activities include various aspects of immunology on the Immunology of Infectious Diseases MSc, but she also teaches helminthology on the Medical Parasitology (including the field course) and Tropical Medicine and International Health MSc's. She also participates in the DTM&H course. She is the module organiser for Immunology of Parasitic Infection (3177).

Research

Helena's main research interest is to study the effects of intestinal worm infection on the immune system. Intestinal dwelling nematodes are amongst the most common infections of man and approximately one in five of the world's population harbours at least one species and most infections are in developing countries. Intestinal worm infections are recognized as one of the world’s most important causes of physical and intellectual growth retardation in children. An understanding of nematode-induced immune activation is essential for the development of vaccines that can stimulate protective immunity while avoiding pathological consequences. The main focus of Helena's work is to increase our understanding of mechanisms of immune regulation and resistance and how chronic worm infections may alter immune responses to unrelated infections. She is particularly interested in the role intestinal worm infections may have on anti-malarial immunity. In addition she is interested in various aspects of nutrition and maternal immune responses in relation to helminth infections.

Research Area
Helminths
Innate immunity
Micronutrients
Parasites
T-cell immunology
Vaccines
Immunisation
Protozoa
Discipline
Immunopathology
Immunology
Medicine
Nutrition
Parasitology
Pathology
Vaccinology
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Infectious disease
Malaria
Malnutrition
Allergy
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Schistosomiasis
Tropical diseases
Region
World

Selected Publications

Chronic Gastrointestinal Nematode Infection Mutes Immune Responses to Mycobacterial Infection Distal to the Gut.
Obieglo, K. ; Feng, X. ; Bollampalli, V.P. ; Dellacasa-Lindberg, I. ; Classon, C. ; Österblad, M. ; Helmby, H. ; Hewitson, J.P. ; Maizels, R.M. ; Gigliotti Rothfuchs, A. ; Nylén, S. ;
J Immunol
IL-9-mediated survival of type 2 innate lymphoid cells promotes damage control in helminth-induced lung inflammation.
Turner, J;-E; Morrison, PJ; Wilhelm, C; Wilson, M; Ahlfors, H; Renauld, J;-C; Panzer, U; Helmby, H; Stockinger, B;
J Exp Med
An IL-9 fate reporter demonstrates the induction of an innate IL-9 response in lung inflammation
Wilhelm, C.; Hirota, K.; Stieglitz, B.; van Snick, J.; Tolaini, M.; Lahl, K.; Sparwasser, T.; Helmby, H.; Stockinger, B.
NATURE IMMUNOLOGY
Transforming growth factor-beta 'reprograms' the differentiation of T helper 2 cells and promotes an interleukin 9-producing subset.
Veldhoen, M.; Uyttenhove, C.; van Snick, J.; Helmby, H.; Westendorf, A.; Buer, J.; Martin, B.; Wilhelm, C.; Stockinger, B.;
Nat Immunol
See all Helena Helmby's Publications