Resilient humans: Harnessing our immune system to protect us from infection, injury and invasion

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Theatre 2 - Kambri Cultural Precinct (ANU)
Date: 12 September 2019 5:30pm to 12 September 2019 07:00pm

Infectious diseases, such as food poisoning, sepsis, and pneumonia, are responsible for one-third of deaths in the world. Foodborne diseases, for example, are a major threat to public health, mostly affecting children in developing countries.

Infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria have also reduced the efficacy of antibiotics in the treatment of bacterial infection. The immune system is critical in controlling infections and ensuring our survival. Identifying new components of the immune system that can be targeted by drugs can help prevent or treat potentially deadly infections.

In this public lecture, Professor Si Ming Man, ANU, will discuss his research on the biology of the immune system and the importance of the immune system in recognise microbes, injury and invasion. He will also discuss how too much inflammation can lead to the development of chronic diseases, such as cancer and autoinflammatory diseases.

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