From individualized cancer therapies to sequencing viral DNA, modern approaches to disease are all about the specifics. Join us for a discussion of breakthrough technologies that turn these details into discoveries that affect the way we view disease and how to fight it.
No food will be available for purchase, but outside food can be brought in or delivered to the tasting room from one of the many local restaurants.
Genetics gone viral: Tracking outbreaks in the 21st century.
In my talk, we will time travel from the beginnings of epidemiology in crowded 19th century London, to state-of-the-art approaches using next-generation DNA sequencing that were deployed in 2014 to track the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa. Along the way, we will encounter virus hunters, deadly disease outbreaks and the stories of the people affected by them. Lastly, we will take a look at the future of genetic epidemiology and forecast the Zombie Apocalypse ... maybe.
"If you will it, it is not a fantasy" - Curing Cancer with Immunotherapy
Cancer is a disease of genetic alterations such but every cancer carries a different set of mutations so that no two individuals have the same disease. Furthermore, each person's immune system recognizes their cancer differently. Putting those observations together has allowed us to devise therapies that are truly individualized, based on what a person's cancer and immune system are telling us. We use these novel treatments to augment existing immunotherapy in an effort to cure cancer.