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Medical Forum | Immunology in clinical research: New approaches to research and data analysis

Presented by Roslyn Kemp
Associate Professor / Ahorangi Tuarua
Department of Microbiology and Immunology / Te Tari Moromoroiti me te Arai Mate

About the Speaker
Dr Ros Kemp’s teaching skills have been recognised with several national awards, but the one that gives her the most satisfaction is being declared OUSA Supervisor of the Year in 2013.

“That award was nominated by students and judged by students, so it means a lot to me,” she says.

In her own student days, Ros studied physics and then zoology before being so inspired by immunology lecturer Assistant Professor Glenn Buchan that she changed her degree course to his subject.

After honours, a PhD and post-doctoral fellowships at prestigious institutions in the USA and the UK, she returned to Otago, where she now teaches immunology and researches immune responses to cancer, with the long-term aim of being able to offer patients better diagnoses, prognoses and treatment.

Research
My research focuses on T cells as mediators of anti-tumour immunity and inflammation. Specifically, we study the role of inflammation and the unique features of different subsets of T cells and myeloid cells, focussing on cancer and gut-specific immune responses; and how these cell subsets are involved in patient outcome.

We are currently looking at T cell and myeloid cell subsets in colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. We are generating site-specific T cell memory using novel slow release vaccines and analysing the molecular signalling pathways required to maintain these populations.

About Medical Forum
Medical Forum is a weekly lecture series presenting cutting edge medical research by leaders in their fields.

The presentations are designed for health professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences. Medical Forum is sponsored by the Otago Postgraduate Medical Society and hosted by the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago.

If you are a member of the press, please obtain permission from the speaker(s) prior to publishing any discussion of their Medical Forum presentation. This is to protect sensitive ongoing research projects that are not ready to be made publicly available.

Date Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Time 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Event Type Seminar
Conference
CampusDunedin
DepartmentDean's Department (DSM), General Practice and Rural Health (DSM), Medicine (DSM), Pathology (DSM), Preventive and Social Medicine (DSM), Psychological Medicine (DSM), Public Health, Surgical Sciences (DSM), Women's and Children's Health (DSM)
LocationDental Blue Lecture Theatre, Frederick Street entrance
Contact Emailmedical.forum@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/dsm/news/medicalforum.html

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