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Privacy Policy


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Privacy Policy

SUMMARY: In order to respond to you requests may collect some personal details when you contact us. Your personal details will not be forwarded to any third parties.

Information collected and how it is used

In order to permit website functionality, allow us to respond to your requests, and to inform improvements to the website we record the following information:

  • Personal details (such as your name, contact details, email address) which you provide when completing the contact form or when emailing

  • Your responses to optional surveys which we ask you to complete to inform improvements to the website. 
  • How you use the website and any other information you send to us.

Your personal details submitted via the contact form or by emailing us will NOT be provided to any third parties or used without prior consent for any purpose other than those stated above.

Third party web-links contains links to and from third party websites. Please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies. Moreover we are not responsible for the content of external websites and inclusion of link should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or its service/product. 


SUMMARY: uses a number of cookies; some are essential to the performance of the website, while others you can opt out of or block without impairing your web-browsing experience. Currently, if you browse this website we assume implied consent to place cookies in your browser. However you have the right to block any cookies you wish. Please be aware that blocking essential cookies (those which enable the site to work) will impair your browsing experience. We are working towards implementing a workable solution to have a ‘prior’ cookies-consent system.

Why and how we use cookies

Cookies are small files that websites place on your computer when the given website is loaded. Typically the purpose of cookies is to allow the website to identify users and their preferences when using a particular site. Cookies are placed on your machine either by or by third parties whose services we use as part of the website. Some cookies are retained in your browser for as long as you visit our website, while others persist for a longer specified period.

The main reasons for cookies being stored in your browser when visiting are to:

  • Enable the site to work properly for you.
    •These are known as essential cookies, and are generally set by
  • Understand how the website is being used in order to make informed improvements to the site.
    •This website uses Google Analytics which places cookies that collect data about your use of the website which is then anonymised and used to help us improve our online services.
  • Enhance the information we present online by integrating services 
    •These are known as third party cookies. We have no control over these cookies.


Types of cookies used on this site

Essential cookies

Some cookies we place on your browser ensure that the website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these cookies to be able to browse the fully functional site.

Cookies monitoring website use

We use the Google Analytics tools to monitor visitor behaviour on our website to help us improve our information and services. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and amalgamated with that of other visitors so we can better understand how everyone uses our website. You can opt out of providing us with this information if you wish, with no impact on your experience of our website.

Third party cookies

Some webpages use third party services or software. At the moment this includes web-pages and services embedded from other sites. In the future this may include videos or other features. Many of these services may set cookies in your browser.

Currently the main sources of third-party cookies on are:

  • Google may place cookies on your browser if you make use of the google search feature on the home page, or if click to view protocols (via the protocols page) as these documents are presented using google-docs.
  • will place cookies in your browser if you visit the ‘upcoming events’ page on this site ( where we embed the Nature-Immunology Conferences web-page.
  • will place cookies in your browser if you visit the ‘Protein Expression’ page on this site ( where we embed the Human Protein Atlas web-page as set to the search term ‘macrophages’.

If you do not wish the above third parties to set cookies in your web-browser when browsing then do not visit the specified pages or make use of the integrated google features. If you visit the above third party websites directly then they may set cookies on your browser, for which bears no responsibility.


Full list of cookies used on

For a full list of cookies used on this website and an explanation of their purpose, click here.


How to block cookies

You can restrict or block cookies which are set during your use of the website by changing your browser’s settings. Some pages may not work if you completely disable cookies, but many third party cookies can be safely blocked. Check information in your browser’s help section for specific instructions on how to manage cookies. See also the useful links section for further resources on managing cookies.

We (and most other websites, web-browsers, and web content managements systems) are working towards implementing a ‘prior’ opt-in cookies feature, which will cause minimal disruption to your browsing experience.


Useful Links

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance on cookies. Visit:

All About Computer Cookies resource and guide to managing cookies. Visit:

The University of Edinburgh Website Privacy Policy. Visit:

Web-browser guides to blocking cookies