Veterinary vaccine development aided by new website
The UK Immunological Toolbox website is now live to promote veterinary immunology and vaccinology research.
The new UK Immunological Toolbox website aims to remove barriers to veterinary vaccine development by facilitating accurate information exchange and collaboration.
This website is now the most up to date and comprehensive repository available, hosting information on reagents and resources.
Scientific community engagement
The website is searchable using molecule name, species name or specific antibody name. A detailed but simple application table is displayed for each reagent, which enables researchers to easily establish their utility and rate them.
Community engagement is a key component to maximising the utility of this website - registered users can comment and submit supporting data, references and other evidence that allows the community to better understand the utility of any reagent listed.
Together with the Pirbright Institute, we have created a new website for the scientific community, containing insightful information about reagents and resources. We expect this tool to help advance immunology and vaccinology research leading to the development of new veterinary vaccines.
The UK Immunological Toolbox website is an excellent resource for the veterinary immunology community. We have never before had a website where we could search for reagent specificity, backed up with functional data and the facility to fill gaps in capability by commissioning reagent production. This really takes veterinary immunology forward in ways we have been struggling with for many years. I encourage all members of our community to use the website and contribute information on reagent specificity and function for the collective good.
More reagents and species will be included as further information on unique institutional collections is received from around the world, including genetic information.
The development of the new website, supported by the UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council through the Global Challenges Research Fund, is an output from the activities of the UK Immunological Toolbox initiative.
** The Roslin Institute receives strategic investment funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and it is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. **