14 October 2016
Free Public Lecture
Immune therapy for melanoma: next steps
One of the biggest medical advances in recent years has been the advent of effective immune therapy for melanoma. Many
patients respond very well to immune therapy, even when their cancer has spread throughout their bodies, and for some
patients it seems likely that awakening their immune system has now cured them of their cancer. But despite the
excitement, many patients aren’t helped by the current immune therapy drugs, which raises some very obvious questions:
Why do some people respond to current immune therapy while others don't? What new combinations of therapies might help
more patients? Can we imagine effective immune therapy for everyone with melanoma? And how does all of this affect the
future of treating other cancers?
Professor Dunbar’s talk will try and answer some of these questions in plain language, as well as providing some
background knowledge about how immune therapy works.
Professor Rod Dunbar holds both a medical degree (MBChB) and a PhD from the University of Otago. He spent 6 years as a
post-doctoral research fellow in human immunology at the University of Oxford, before returning to New Zealand in 2002.
His laboratory is based at the School of Biological Sciences in The University of Auckland, with a focus on human
cellular immunology and stem cell biology, and a particular interest in how the immune system can be harnessed in cancer
treatment. In 2009 Rod was appointed the Director of the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, New
Zealand’s national Centre of Research Excellence devoted to the discovery of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics.
When: Tuesday 18 October 2016, 7pm
Where: AMRF Auditorium
Ground Floor, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences
The University of Auckland
85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland
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