Working closely with the Office of International Research of the Vice President Research of uOttawa, the Department of BMI is actively seeking and promoting scientific collaborations internationally. In the past several years, BMI core members have collaborated with scientists in Australia, China, France, Italy, Netherland, Sweden, Taiwan, and USA, among others. BMI has also hosted many international speakers lecturing at our departmental seminar series. This page provides an update on recent international academic activities and on funding opportunities in international collaborations.
Collaboration with Japan
Dr. Andrew Makrigiannis, Associate Professor with BMI has been in close collaboration with researchers from Japan. One such collaborator is Dr. Noriko Toyama-Sorimachi from the International Medical Center of Japan in Tokyo. This collaboration encompasses research on the innate immune system. Specifically, the role of class I MHC receptors on leukocytes such as dendritic cells, neutrophils and macrophages during pathogen responses is being studied. Using complementary transgenic and gene knock-out approaches the labs together have shown that the Ly49Q surface protein on immune cells positively regulates cytokine production and cellular migration in response to bacterial or viral challenge.