[ASC-list] Melbourne Free ANZAAS Science Talk, Wed 21st March 6:30pm Prof Peter Doherty “The Killer Defence”

David Vaux vaux at wehi.edu.au
Tue Mar 13 00:49:19 UTC 2018

Science Talk, MELBOURNE
All welcome, free, bring your friends!
Free pizza and drinks after the talk

Places are limited, please book:

At GTAC, in the grounds of University High School, corner Royal Parade and Story Street, Parkville (enter off Story Street or Royal Parade)

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 6:30 pm

Professor Peter Doherty
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne
 “The Killer Defence”
Humans are constantly challenged by viruses, with new types or varieties either emerging from wildlife or domestic animals, or due to “immune escape” mutations in strains that are circulating in us. Vaccines can provide immediate protection, but cannot protect against new and unexpected types. The “hit man” of the immune system - that kills virally infected cells - is a circulating white blood cell, the “killer” T cell. These killer cells recognise viral peptides bound to MHC class I molecules on the infected cells. Some recent findings concerning MHC type and influenza prevention and susceptibility are of particular interest, especially with regard to the greater susceptibility of indigenous populations to influenza.
Peter Doherty, AC, FRS, FMedSci trained as a veterinary surgeon before embarking on a career in research in immunology. He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rolf M. Zinkernagel in 1996 and was named Australian of the Year in 1997, and is also a National Trust Australian Living Treasure.

Forthcoming talks:
Wed 18th April           Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
                                    School of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University
                                    Would you survive on Mars?

Thurs 17th May         Dr Shalin Naik
                                    The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
                                    Single cell-omics

Wed 20th June             Professor Mark Cook
                                    Director of the Graeme Clark Institute
                                    The neuron bionic interface

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and GTAC for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

Further Info:         David Vaux       9345 2941                davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com<mailto:davidlaurencevaux at gmail.com>

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