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M-I Dept. Seminar Series / Repurposing Anti-Pathogen FDA Vaccines to Augment Anti-Cancer Immune Responses

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM CT

Where: Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, SQ Auditorium, 303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cynthia Naugles   (312) 503-0489

Group: Department of Microbiology-Immunology Seminars/Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings



Repurposing Anti-Pathogen FDA Vaccines to Augment Anti-Cancer Immune Responses


Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Cell Therapy
Division of Precision and Translational Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL


Since antiquity a link between pathogens and cancer has been recognized. However, how to harness this relationship as a cancer treatment has been elusive. We have discovered that the intra-tumoral use of anti-pathogen vaccines (like the seasonal “flu shot”) results in improved anti-tumor immune responses. Our work has the potential to elucidate new immuno-oncology mechanisms and repurpose already-approved FDA vaccines as a series of potent cancer immunotherapies. 

Host: Immunology Training Grant Postdocs and Graduate Students, Coordinating Host: Andrew Cogswell, Postdoc, Lab of Stephen Miller, PhD

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