Bio Buzz-The Sentinel Within: How Our Immune System Fights Cancer

Date(s) - 26 Sep 2013
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Arizona Science Center

New Frontiers in Medical Science

(every 4th Thursday, Sept-May minus Dec)

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Date:            Thursday, 9/26/2013, 6-7pm


Location:       Arizona Science Center, IMAX Theater

Speaker:       Karen S. Anderson MD PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Personalized Diagnostics

at the Biodesign Institute and the School of Life Sciences at ASU


The Sentinel Within: How Our Immune System Fights Cancer

Every moment, your immune system is patrolling for harmful microbes and can mount a vigorous, coordinated attack against them if encountered.  Vaccinations can also boost your immunity to these agents, preventing infection.  Did you know  that your immune system can also be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development?  From cancer vaccines to targeted immune therapy, enhancing our natural defenses is a promising cancer management strategy.

 Dr. Karen S. Anderson received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, and her MD and PhD from the Duke University School of Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.  She completed her residency and internship in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and her Clinical Fellowship in Adult Hematology and Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. She holds professorships at ASU and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and Scottsdale.  She is currently a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  Her research lab focuses on understanding how the immune response can be used to detect and alter cancer development.