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Biomedical Frontiers - Public Lecture Series 2018/19

We are delighted to welcome you to the Biomedical Frontiers lecture series in the School of Biochemistry & Immunology

This series of public lectures will describe how biomedical research has increased our understanding of human health and disease. The lectures will be presented by researchers from the School of Biochemistry & Immunology who will highlight some of the research carried out in the School and will discuss recent advances in their field.

All welcome; admission free. Directions

  • Lecture Title:
    • Your liver and cancer: why care?
  • Presented by:
    • Professor Cliona O'Farrelly
  • Date:
    • Wednesday 13 February 2019
  • Time:
    • 6.30pm
  • Venue:
    • Tercentenary Hall, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, 52-160 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • Description:
    • Most of us have a vague idea that our liver is important! We kind of know that’s where our food is metabolised and where anything nasty gets detoxified. Beyond that, we don’t think about it very much – except maybe, sometimes, some of us who drink alcohol hope that our livers are coping with it.

      It turns out that the liver is an amazing organ, with its own powerful immune system. The healthy liver is equipped with immune cells capable of fending off viruses, bacteria and parasites. It also seems that many liver immune populations are ideally tuned to fight tumours. So why do some people get liver cancer? In collaboration with surgeons, clinicians and pathologists from the National Hepatobiliary Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, the Comparative Immunology Group at Trinity College Dublin led by Cliona O’Farrelly has been trying to answer that question for almost two decades. We are now asking members of the public to help us decide the direction this research should take. Please come along and contribute to the discussion and our decision making.

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Previous lectures in the series are available as Podcasts

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