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Welcome to the Sahlgrenska Academy Science Seminars, a series of seminars on Thursdays at 15-16. The seminars are, during spring 2021, conducted through Zoom Webinars.
Here is the link to the webinar: https://gu-se.zoom.us/j/65998779121
The seminars are open to anyone interested in taking part of scientific breakthroughs and projects in the medicine and health science field. Scientists, students and other staff from GU, VGR and other organisations with the common interest of medicine and health science, welcome!
Certain cells of the immune system, called T cells, have an inbuilt ability to fight tumours. Cancer cells manage to evade this by evolving ways to dodge detection and overthrow the attack, allowing the tumour to keep growing in spite of the attempted assaults.
But scientists are now able to boost the body’s anti-tumour defences in a variety of ways, a technique broadly called immunotherapy. One such method is to take out a patient’s T cells and tweak them genetically so that specifically hone in on certain ‘molecular flags’ present on tumour cells. The modified cells, known as CAR-T cells, are then put back inside the patient where they attack the cancer.
Professor Anderson and his team are developing this approach for children with a type of rare cancer called neuroblastoma. They’ve tested their strategy in pre-clinical experiments, and are now trialling it in patients with the disease.
Host: Ruth Palmer
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