Mr Flibble Talks To... Flibble Goes To The Doctor
Research has shown that watching Red Dwarf can actually improve the body's ability to defend itself against viruses. The man responsible for this discovery is Wolverhampton University's Dr Shantha Perera. Mr Flibble stopped in for a check-up...
20 November, 2000
Dr Shantha Perera
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

It's something that I've been working on with one of my colleagues. What we're trying to do is to get more people interested in Immunology. We need more immunologists to deal with major problems like AIDS. AIDS is one of the major - if not the major - world-wide health issue at the moment, and it's an immunological disease where the virus attacks the immune system and destroys it. What we need is a lot more research. I know there's been a lot of research into AIDS but we need more young people to go into immunology, we need more immunologists. Especially in the future - there's going to be a lot of new viruses emerging, and what we need is more scientists and medics studying immunology.

Now people have always found immunology difficult, and one of the reasons, I think, is because of the way textbooks are written. Certainly our students tell us that they find the concepts difficult to understand. So we came up with this idea of these Immunobods - they're characters but they're all cells and molecules of the immune system. They all work together, just like an armed force, really. (Laughs)

We thought of putting them together and explaining immunology through these characters. But we've got to take that further. The aim is to get immunology across to the general public, and to students, so that people understand what antibodies are, what T-cells do, and what macrophages do...