Welcome to Immunology

The Sutherland Centre of Immunology (SCI) is the main immunological testing laboratory of SEALS.  Located at our Sutherland campus, SCI provides a comprehensive Immunological diagnostic and consultative service to local, area, and national and international clients.  The centre has established research and development programs with close links with the School of Pathology at the University of New South Wales. SCI is committed to high quality diagnostic immunological services that include the evaluation of humoral and cell mediated immunity. The laboratory is also a reference laboratory for complement assays as well as having expertise in autoantibodies and T cell subsets. A comprehensive range of allergens are detected. The protein chemistry service includes tumour markers assays, protein electrophoresis, immunofixation, and isoelectric focussing. Acute phase proteins and immunoglobulins are assayed by nephelometry.  
 

Staff Directory: 

Area Director
Prof Denis Wakefield AO
DSc MD MBBS (Hons.1) FRACP FRCPA FFSc
Phone: (+612) 9540 7419
Fax: (+612) 9540 7436
Email: denis.wakefield@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Denis Wakefield AO is the Director of the Centre for Immunology in SEALS. He has dual specialist qualifications in internal medicine (FRACP) and pathology (FRCPA) (Immunology). He has been head of Immunology for over 20 years and was head of the School of Pathology before becoming foundation professor of the School of Medical Sciences at UNSW.

His major research interests include immune systems in autoimmune disease, allergy, inflammatory eye disease and the pathogenesis of post infection fatigue syndromes.

He has over 300 peer reviewed publications, is on several editorial boards and was a longstanding immunology editor of the Australia/New Zealand Journal of Medicine.  He has previously served as the Sub-Dean of Education during the major transformation of the undergraduate curriculum at UNSW.  In 2005 he won the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2007 was awarded a DSc for his pioneering research into the immunology of eye disease. He is also the Director of SEALS Research.
 
Laboratory Manager
Dr Desiree Berry PhD MBiomedE MAppSc BSc
Principle Hospital Scientist
Phone: (+612) 9540 7884
Fax: (+612) 9540 7436
Email: Desiree.Berry@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au
 
Senior Scientist Immunology Laboratory 1
Mr Paul Cassar BAppSc
Phone: (+612) 9540 7414
Fax: (+612) 9540 7436
Email: Paul.Cassar@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Senior Scientist Immunology Laboratory 2 
Ms Xiu Mei Wei BMedSc
Phone: (+612) 9540 7769
Fax: (+612) 9540 7436
Email: xiumei.wei@sesiahs.health.nsw.au
 
Secretary to Professor Wakefield
Therese Fleming
Phone: (+612) 9540 7419
Fax: (+612) 9540 7436
Email: therese.fleming@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au
 
Immunology Tests
For an full explanation of the various tests undertaken within Immunology please view the link above.

New tests recently introduced in Immunology include:

Drug RAST's - Penicilloyl V, Ampicilloyl, and Amoxycilloyl.

Tryptase and Eosinophil Cationic Protein (ECP), molecules involved in allergic inflammatory processes.

IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase (TGA), for the diagnosis and monitoring of coeliac disease.  
 
Allergy & Anaphylaxis -  Question and Answers
Please see the above link for some important questions and answers on allergies and related topics.
 
Immunology Patient Information

Back to top