A novel mechanism of host defence via macrophage extracellular traps (2020–2022)
Animal health relies upon innate immune cells to rapidly detect invading microbes and induce inflammatory and antimicrobial responses to clear infection. Mechanisms of inflammation and immune defence are only partly understood. This project aims to elucidate a novel innate immune pathway (the inflammasome) that drives inflammatory cell death and antimicrobial defence. Using innovative multidisciplinary methods, this project will yield exciting new knowledge of mechanisms of inflammation and anti-microbial responses, and new paradigms for inflammasome action. Expected outcomes and benefits include high-impact publications, international collaboration, world-class training for young scientists, and new knowledge for future commercialisation.