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SEMINAR: Improving Immunity to Melanoma

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Today's date is Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Improving Immunity to Melanoma : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Other events...
Abstract: Melanoma is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, resulting in ~1500 deaths each year. While extensive public health campaigns have increased community awareness of the importance of sun-safety and skin monitoring, a substantial number of melanomas remain undetected until late-stage progression. New treatments that harness the immune system offer great promise for melanoma treatment, but further advances are required for these approaches to succeed in the majority of patients. Immunotherapy strategies use a variety of approaches to harness T cell immunity to control melanoma. We have recently identified several new settings of effective T cell cancer surveillance, resulting in either complete elimination of malignant cells or the establishment of a dynamic ‘melanoma-immune equilibrium’. This fundamental knowledge should be of value for the development of novel clinical strategies targeting cancer.

Speaker: Dr. Jason Waithman is a molecular and cellular immunologist having obtained his PhD in 2008. His training was completed in outstanding institutions that include the University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research under the guidance of multiple international leading immunologists. He relocated to Perth in 2012 to establish and run an independent, original research program at the Telethon Kids Institute. He has successfully attracted fellowship support from 2010-21 and has attracted project funding from multiple sources to support his research program. He is currently working closely with an industry partner and the host institute to develop innovative therapeutic techniques for cancer patients as part of the discovery and translation pipeline associated with his research program.
Speaker(s) Jason Waithman, Senior Research Fellow, CCWA Rosemary Grant Zaks Melanoma Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute
Location Seminar Room (1.81), Anatomy Building, The University of Western Australia
Contact Christine Page <christine.page@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 7126
URL http://events.uwa.edu.au/view/shs/default
Start Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:00
End Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:00
Submitted by Deborah Hull <deborah.hull@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 26 Mar 2019 11:34
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