Irene Manton Lecture – On You, Inside You: the Amazing World of Parasites

Manchester Museum - Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Organiser: Jointly organised with the University of Manchester and Manchester Museum


16:00–18:00 Tuesday 6 December 2016

The University of Manchester in collaboration with The Linnean Society and Manchester Museum will host the 2016 Irene Manton lecture to celebrate the significant contribution made by women to the Natural Sciences. Irene Manton was the first female president of the Linnean Society, a British botanist who continued her studies at the University of Manchester, resulting in a PhD.

161206 Sheena Cruickshank
Image © Sheena Cruickshank

Parasites are the most common form of cellular life on our planet and can be defined as organisms that live in or on us, taking from us without giving anything back. Everything from mammals, insects to plants can be infected by parasites- so parasites are incredibly successful. They can hide from our body’s defences and may even change the behaviour of some of the animals they infect. They are also important as not only can they cause terrible diseases but they can be critical elements of food webs and contribute to biodiversity. Find out how parasites are so successful and how new scientific methods that help us visualise parasites are helping us unlock even more of their secrets.

Dr Sheena Cruickshank’s research is focused on the body’s immune response to injury or infections such as parasitic worms. She is trying to understand how the body learns to have the appropriate immune response to an infection and why the immune response goes wrong which can cause long term diseases such allergy or autoimmunity.

Registration is essential via Eventbrite. Please book by Friday 4th November 2016 to avoid disappointment. Hot and cold beverages will be served at 16:00 and a drink reception with canapes will follow the lecture.