Immunology

Department in Depth

The remit of the Department of Immunology is to investigate and treat patients with disorders of the immune system.  These disorders include those causing allergy, other types of inflammatory diseases including auto-immunity, diseases in which the immune system has failed (immune deficiency) and certain types of malignancy.  The Department consists of an academic section, based in Trinity College Dublin and a diagnostic section based in St. James’s Hospital Dublin.  It plays an important role in the education of students of medicine and science at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  The Department is very active in research and development and has achieved an international reputation as a leader in various areas of clinical immunology. It also acts as a reference centre for the investigation and management of patients with a variety of immunological disorders especially in the areas of immunodeficiency, vasculitis, coeliac disease and other autoimmune disorders such as Connective Tissue Disease.

The Department operates an in-patient service, a weekly out-patient clinic, a day ward and a consultancy service.

The Immunology Department has published a handbook on Wegener's Granulomatosis, now also known as Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA), and Coeliac Disease which is available for download by clicking on the link below:

Coeliac Booklet (PDF 774Kb)

Chronic Urticaria Booklet (PDF 2,237Kb)

Connective Tissue Disease Testing Algorithm (PDF 85Kb)

Turn around times

Please note that all turn around times quoted for Immunology tests are based on a 7 day week and are establised on the interval between the date the sample is logged into the Laboratory and the date the test result is authorised for release.  Electronic results on the hospital EPR are normally available immediately after authorisation. Results to GPs via Healthlink are normally posted five hours after authorisation. Further testing (follow on tests) will delay the printed report which is normally available for dispatch the day after the result is authorised.

Continuous Professional Development

The staff in the Department of Immunology regularly participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by attending and participating in weekly seminars. These seminars deal with clinical case studies, translational research and laboratory techniques. Some of the recent presentations are available to view below.

New ELISA tests (IGRA, Alzheimer Biomarkers, CD163) in the Immunology Laboratory (PDF 573Kb)

Analysis of CSF in the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (PDF 1,098Kb)

Autoimmune Encephalitis (PDF 3,155Kb)