Using the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Yvonne Paterson

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12PM

Yvonne Paterson is Professor of Microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. She will review various approaches to immunotherapy including, adoptive T cell and antibody therapies, checkpoint inhibitors and cancer vaccines.

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment designed to boost or augment the body’s natural defenses to fight cancer. It uses natural immune system components either made in the laboratory or by the body itself to improve, target or restore the body’s ability to recognize cancer as a foreign attacker. Recent advances were described by “Science” magazine, in 2013, as the breakthrough of the year.

The lecture will be held from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Hourglass Room in the University Club in the Inn at Penn and is open to the public. Lunch is available for a modest cost.

Please RSVP to or by phone at 215-746-5972.