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Prof

Leonard Harrison

Honorary
Medical Biology (W.E.H.I.)
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Prof

Leonard Harrison

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Immune regulation and environment-gene interactions relevant to autoimmune disease
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Prof

Leonard Harrison

 

www.wehi.edu.au/people/leonard-c-harrison

Our research is directed at understanding how the immune system regulates itself. This is important because the immune system has to distinguish ‘non-self’ from ‘self’ in order to eradicate infections and tumors on the one hand and avoid causing autoimmune disease on the other.



We study how the environment and our genes interact (‘epigenetics’) in early life to alter immune function and cause autoimmune disease.

In the case of type 1 diabetes, we have developed ways to identify people at risk and are undertaking clinical vaccine trials to boost protective immunity and prevent this disease.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2015

FAHMS - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences


2004

FRACP - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians


2004

FRCPA - Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Australia


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Medical Biology (W.E.H.I.)

Education


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

University of New South Wales