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Upcoming Health Sciences Events

25 Jul July

Assoc. Prof. Merilyn Hibma - Understanding human papillomavirus immune regulation in the skin

Friday, 25 July 2014 at 1:00pm - D’Ath Lecture Theatre, Hercus Building
Langerhans cells are the only antigen presenting cells located in the epidermis, the site of human papillomavirus infection. We have reported that Langerhans cells are regulated by cancer-causing HPV types in humans. A contributory mechanism for HPV regulation of Langerhans cells and the impact of Langerhans cell regulation by HPV on immune function will be described. Unraveling these regulated pathways and down-stream consequences on immunity to HPV will help inform the development of an effective immunotherapy for virus associated premalignant lesions.

28 Jul July

Bioethics Seminar: The Ethical Challenges of Next-Generation Prenatal Testing

Monday, 28 July 2014 at 1:00pm - Dunedin: Audio Visual Suite, Room 1 in the ISB (corner of Albany and Cumberland Streets, behind Disabilities)

Video linked:
(To secure the booking for this seminar video link, please register your name for attendance):

Wellington School of Medicine Room D27 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester:

Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking will be terminated.

Josephine Johnston, the Hastings Center New York, addresses ethical questions surrounding the next-generation of prenatal tests which have the potential to dramatically alter the care of pregnant women and the nature of pregnancy itself.