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Cancer Control: White Blood Cell Communication – Malta Café Scientifique 2018/19
17 October 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
White Blood Cell Communication | Dr David Saliba
Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 at 7:30pm
Venue: Studio B, Spazju Kreattiv
White blood cells make up part of the immune system which is responsible of protecting the body against pathogenic invaders like bacteria and viruses. However, their role is much bigger than we may realise, as they are also involved in detecting and killing tumour cells.
Malta Café Scientifique presents Dr David Saliba and his research on white blood cells that make up our sophisticated defence system.
Being a genetic disease, cancer is a result of unusual cell production because of a mutation in DNA, which can spread and expand into tumours if remained unchecked. The human body evolved mechanisms to control tumour-growth using immune checkpoints. You have proteins in your cells that check the DNA for changes or mutations. If any mutations are found, these proteins initiate a self-destruct programme in the affected cells. Your immune system is also always inspecting the body for cancer cells, and this is where white blood cells come into play. Killer white blood cells detect and destroy cancer cells to protect the body from tumour-growth, and are also able to communicate with each other to clear damaged cells.
Using his research, Dr David Saliba will be showing us how these white blood cells do in fact communicate, and also how tumour cells can trick the immune system to shut down, allowing themselves to freely spread.
This event is part of the Malta Café Scientifique 2018/19 programme of talks.
Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project, Spazju Kreattiv for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part). Poster thanks to Sephora Schembri.
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- Malta Café Scientifique
- 120 mins
- Dialogue, Discussion, Science Talks
- Creative Team
- Danielle Martine Farrugia (project manager); Gilliane Saliba (assistant); Sephora Schembri (poster designer); Dr Edward Duca (science consultant)
1 February - 24 June