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Come join us for an exciting night of talks where we will discuss how the migration of T lymphocytes (immune cells) during their patrol of the body to detect pathogen invasion or cancerous cells can be manipulated for therapeutic benefits. We will also be discussing how the mother’s immune system during pregnancy is important for normal pregnancy to occur. During the event, there will be Pint of Science T-Shirts and bottle openers to be won!
Tales of itinerant immune cells
Professor Federica Marelli-Berg (BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Immunology/ Centre Lead of Biochemical Pharmacology)
Cells of the immune system, such as T lymphocytes, specialise in protecting the body from infections and cancer. This function is carried out by continuous patrolling of the whole body in order to detect pathogen invasion or cancerous cells in good time. Migration of T lymphocytes is regulated by a molecular ‘highway code’ which ensure efficient and appropriate localised responses. I will briefly discuss the molecular code and how this can be manipulated to therapeutically enhance or inhibit immune reactivity.
The Placenta Rainbow
Dr Suchita Nadkarni (BHF Research Fellow)
My talk will focus on how the mother’s immune system during pregnancy is important for normal pregnancy to occur. Specifically, I will talk about how inadequate interaction between the two arms of the immune system – innate and adaptive adequately can lead to pregnancy complications such as a cardiovascular disease called pre-eclampsia. However, if all that science talk fails to interest you, then I promise some very pretty pictures!