Meet Mireille Lahoud, Ferring Innovation Grant recipient

Some descriptionTitle: Associate Professor, BSc, PhD, Monash University, Australia

Research Project: The development of Clec12A-ligands as a therapeutic approach to regulate gastrointestinal inflammation

Our research focuses on using peptides that interact with an immune regulator on the surface of immune cells, in order to regulate or suppress unwanted inflammation.

What motivated you to research this area? Like many people worldwide, several of my relatives have been impacted by the debilitating nature of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Discovering the proteins that interact with the immune regulator led me to discover how they function and investigate their potential as a novel approach to treat IBD.

What do you hope to achieve through your grant? The Ferring Innovation Grant will enable us to develop a better understanding of how the immune system works effectively, so we can apply this knowledge to treating inflammatory diseases.

Most exciting thing about your research project? The most exciting thing about my research project is understanding how the immune system controls the balance between effectively eliminating harmful infections, while minimising harm to the body.

Most challenging part of your research project? Determining how best to use our knowledge of immune function and our newly identified regulatory proteins to shed light on the complexities of the immune system, in order to improve health outcomes.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Making a difference.

Interesting fact about yourself? I am a passionate supporter of culture and the arts.

Visit www.ferring-research.com/ferring-grants to learn more about the Ferring Innovation Grants Program.

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