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Professor Janet Lord

Professor Janet Lord

Professor of Immune Cell Biology

University of Birmingham


Post-injury catabolic state leads to delayed mental and physical recovery


BSc (Hons), Human Biology, Oxford Brookes University, 1979
PhD, Biological Sciences, University of Aston, 1983

Janet Lord is director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, both located within the new Queen Elizabeth super Hospital which opened in the summer of 2011.

Janet’s research focuses on the innate immune system, the body’s front line defense against infection, and how the efficiency of this system is affected by ageing and stress, the latter including physical trauma and emotional stress such as bereavement. She is also interested in how the ageing of the immune system predisposes adults to chronic inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and COPD and the muscle wasting associated with age and these conditions. In all of her work she aims to translate research findings into interventions, whether lifestyle (exercise, diet) or pharmacological, to improve immunity and health in old age.

Professor Janet Lord’s publications