Prof. Kathy McCoy, Assistant Professor
|Name||Prof. Kathy McCoy, Assistant Professor|
|Titel||Prof. Dr. phil., Principal Investigator|
|PLZ Ort||CH-3010 Bern|
|Telefon||+41 31 632 09 31|
|Fax||+41 31 632 32 97|
|Research Interests||Research Interests
-Hygiene-mediate Immune dysregulation
-Regulation of natural ige
-Impact of gut microbiota on autoimmune diseases
|About Me||2010 – presentAssistant Professor, Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern/Inselspital, Switzerland.2006 – 2010Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada.2008 – 2010Director Axenic/Gnotobiotic Facility, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada.2002 – 2006Lecturer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland.2000 – 2006Senior Research Scientist/Group Leader, Institute for Experimental Immunology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland.1998 – 2000Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Experimental Immunology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland.1994 – 1997PhD- Immunology, Otago University & Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington, NZ.1993BSc(Honours) First Class - Immunology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.1991 – 1992Bachelor of Science- Physiology & Biochemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.|
|Project||Immune-mediated disorders such as allergy and autoimmunity are major public health problems. In the past 40 years the incidence of these diseases has risen dramatically in developed countries. Epidemiological studies have revealed a clear correlation between disease susceptibility and improvements in hygiene. For example, children with older siblings show a reduced prevalence of asthma, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Type 1 diabetes (T1D), and infants (|
|Current research grants||2011-2016
European Research Council-ERC Starting Grant 2011
Mechanisms of hygiene-mediated immune dysregulation and impact on the susceptibility to allergic and autoimmune diseases.
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
Investigation into the impact of environmental microbes on regulation of IgE and allergic disease.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRFI)
Type 1 diabetes protection through commensal intestinal bacterial exposure.
Co-applicant with Andrew Macpherson