Come and hear four of Melbourne’s top scientists talk about how research in immunology helps to protect us from infectious diseases.
The immune system is essential for defending the body from germs and maintaining the health and wellbeing of individuals. Vaccination allows the immune system to “remember” and “amplify” a response against a disease, without actually catching that disease. Vaccinations have saved millions of lives and transformed our community into one that no longer fears epidemics from previously common illnesses such as polio and smallpox.
The lectures will be chaired by Dr Irina Caminschi, Burnet Institute, and will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments.
Dr Caminschi is the head of the Dendritic Cell Biology and Immunotherapy Laboratory at the Burnet Institute of Medical Research and Public Health. She was awarded a PhD
from the University of Western Australia in 1999 for her studies investigating the role of cytokines in anti-tumour immunity.
After a post-doctoral research project at the Walter and Eliza Hall institute with Professor Ken Shortman, Dr Caminschi now runs her own laboratory at the Burnet Institute.
Vaccines in the modern age
Prof Stephen Turner, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, The University of Melbourne
Malaria vaccines: New technology for fighting an ancient foe
Dr Krystal Evans, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Back to the future: A vaccine to prevent allergy and infection
Prof Nigel Curtis, The University of Melbourne, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute