I went back to Guys, first to Walter Merrivale and then to Prof Knox in academic bacteriology where I picked up Wally Gunthorpe as my first research technician. Together we moved to George Dick's Department at the Middlesex where we set up a Mycobacterial Research Unit and I was appointed as University Reader. Wally moved on to other things and I was joined by Graham MacIntyre with whom I still work. Following the sad transfer of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School to University College I was appointed as professor of the department until retirement. As our children left home, my wife joined me in the department as professorial assistant for our last years before retirement.
During my years at the Middlesex /UCL, I extensively investigated the antigenicity of mycobacteria and developed a series skin-test reagents with which to probe the effects of environmental contact on the human immune system and its relationship to disease. Moving on to the development of immuno-therapeutic from an environmental mycobacterium isolated from Ugandan soil, a company - Stanford Rook Ltd was spun out from the College. Sadly this did not reach its potential.
|Planning the next part of the research programme!|