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Now you see it, now you don’t: How our immune system tells friend from foe!

6:00pm-7:30pm on Thursday 1 April

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Our body is under constant attack by microbes. How does our body defend itself against constant attack & how does it tell potential invaders from friendly bacteria beneficial to us & which we can't live without?

Panel chair:
Professor Clare Bryant
Having studied biochemistry and veterinary medicine, Professor Bryant went on to study for her PhD in anaesthesia and became more and more focused on receptor pharmacology. She is now an expert in the field of innate immunology at the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on how Pattern Recognition Receptors (sensors on cells of the immune system) detect the microorganisms that drive the body’s immune response to infection, how this differs between diverse animal species and the role these receptors may play in chronic inflammatory diseases such as the allergic response to cats and other allergens.
Panel members:
Dr Akhilesh Jha
Dr Jha is a clinical academic in experimental and respiratory medicine. He graduated in medicine from UCL, received his PhD in Immunology at Imperial College London and is currently a clinical lecturer at Cambridge. His research focuses on viral infections such as flu, which cause significant disease worldwide, particularly in vulnerable people. He recruits healthy volunteers and those with lung problems such as asthma to understand how their immune system responds differently to infection, with the aim of developing new treatments to improve these responses.
Professor Arthur Kaser
Professor Arthur Kaser is a physician-scientist and University Chair of Gastroenterology. Professor Kaser’s laboratory explores biological mechanisms that underpin Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and focuses on the major biological mechanisms that are affected by risk genes of these diseases. This has generated important insights into how autophagy and endoplasmic reticulum stress collude to drive a pathological unfolded protein response, and most recently led to the discovery of a very fundamental enzyme that controls immunometabolism and is conserved from bacteria to man. Professor Kaser also directs an IBD clinical trial unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and explores new therapeutics from experimental medicine studies to registration trials. He further serves as Associate Editor of the journal Gut and is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

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Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Theme: Health

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