Immunology is a rapidly developing clinical science, which contributes to the diagnosis and management of patients with allergy, primary and secondary immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases and also contributes to the success of organ transplantation.
The majority of immunologists within the United Kingdom provide a combination of clinical and laboratory services. The contribution of immunologists to both these areas continues to evolve as new investigations are introduced and novel therapies are evaluated.
Immunologists generally function as members of multidisciplinary teams of specialists dealing with complex clinical problems often involving multiple organ systems:
- Primary immunodeficiences requiring bone marrow transplantation
- Antibody deficiencies requiring life long immunoglobulin replacement therapy
- The investigation and management of patients who have suffered potentially life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) are examples of clinical problems which immunologists deal with on a day to day basis
- Keeping up to date with advances in basic science is particularly important throughout the career of a practicing clinical immunologist
- Scientific curiosity
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Ability to use on-line databases and familiarity with computers