TACKLING IMMUNITY: Best Friend, Worst Enemy

Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

Summary

Protection against harm is not always without consequence.

The immune system is our body’s defender against potential harm. Infectious agents, allergens, disease – not much gets past our silent and loyal protector. Sometimes however, the immune response does not know when to stop, causing short-term damage or long-term autoimmune disease.

Join us for an exciting adventure into the intricacies, perils and promise of immunity, including recent research into immunotherapies designed to defeat cancer, minimising the need for chemotherapy and radiation.

TACKLING IMMUNITY: Best Friend, Worst Enemy is presented in conjunction with Academic Partner Griffith University.

FEATURING

Norman Swan

Moderator

Norman Swan

Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC’s Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24TV. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world....

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Nigel McMillan

Participant

Nigel McMillan

Nigel McMillan is a cancer biologist whose research focuses on the viral causes of cancer. He discovered the receptor for the human papillomavirus (HPV), has developed novel treatments for cancers...

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Mark Smyth

Participant

Mark Smyth

Mark Smyth (FAA, FAHMS) is a Senior Scientist and Immunology Coordinator at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. He completed his PhD in 1988 and trained at the National Cancer Institute...

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Katie Allen

Participant

Katie Allen

Katie Allen is a Professor and Public Health Paediatrician who leads the NHMRC Centre of Food and Allergy Research. She leads several large population-based studies (including Healthnuts, Schoolnuts and Vitality)...

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Cost

Location

Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Age Recommendation

Ages 13+

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