Professor Christopher Parish, Cancer and Vascular Biology Group and Director of The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU.
Professor Chris Parish will deliver the 3rd Annual John Curtin Lecture in Medical Research which is the part of the 2013 JCSMR Director’s ‘Health through Discovery’ Public Lecture Series.
Harnessing the immune system to combat cancer has been a goal of immunologists for over a century. There has been considerable success in vaccinating against cancer causing viruses, such as hepatitis B and papilloma viruses. In contrast, there has been little success in designing immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines that activate a cancer patient’s immune system against their established tumours. In this lecture the reasons for these failures will be outlined and possible approaches to designing effective immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines proposed.