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The Quest for a cure: adventures in future medicine

Fully accessible venue.
Past event - 2024
15 May Doors 6.30pm
Event 7pm to 9.30pm
Sheffield Tap, 1b, Sheffield Station,
Sheffield S1 2BP
Some say laughter is the best medicine, so we're bringing you the future of medicine, with a side of laughter! We'll be talking to Charlotte about what the trojan horse and a virus have in common, Mark, who will tell us about the future of mRNA vaccines (yes, the COVID one), and Sophie, about how personalised medicine can be for everyone. Get yourself down to the tap and see into the future!

+ demonstrations, games and hands-on activities for you to enjoy and prizes to be won!

mRNA vaccines and the future

Jixin Qu (PhD researcher, chemical and biological engineering)
mRNA, a molecule in the middle of DNA and protein, can be used as vaccines and therapeutics for a variety of diseases such as Covid-19, HIV and cancers. Scientists such as Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman (Nobel prize winner for the development of effective mRNA vaccines against Covid-19) have laid solid foundation for this technology to shine. In this talk, I will be discussing the history, mechanism, advantages, the present and the future of mRNA technology, and share our research in the bioprocessing development for manufacturing mRNA-based vaccines and therapeutics.

Immune cells as Trojan Horses: Sneaking therapeutic viruses into tumours

Dr Charlotte Wynn (Associate Researcher, clinical medicine)
What does cancer and the city of Troy have in common? Tumours have many strategies to survive attacks from our bodies. Cancer-killing viruses show promise for attacking tumours but are often stopped before they can reach the battlefront. The solution? Follow the example of the Greek warriors and sneak in under cover. We will explore how using immune cells as Trojan Horses offers a promising solution to getting viruses into tumours and overcoming the siege once and for all.

Can personalised medicine be for everyone?

Dr Greg Wells ((researcher, clinical medicine))
Dr Sophie Williams (PhD researcher, clinical medicine)
Personalised medicine aims to offer treatments tailored to an individual and their disease. However, there are barriers to providing personalised medicine on a large scale. This talk explores the Ex VIvo DEtermiNed Cancer Therapy (EVIDENT) trial, run at the University of Sheffield, and how the team is transforming personalised cancer care from a small-scale, predominantly research based technology, to a robust and validated clinical tool.
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