Dinner

Monday 20 November 2017

7:00pm

Engineering immunity: from vaccines to cancer cures

with Yale University School of Medicine

The immune system is a life-saving defense against infections. But this protection is a double-edged sword: misdirected, it can trigger problems ranging from allergies to autoimmune disease. Now new breakthroughs allow us to trick the immune system into fighting cancer and degenerative illnesses – and perhaps find cures for diseases once thought incurable.

With an introduction from Yale Provost, Ben Polak, we will hear about this cutting edge of cancer research from two of Yale’s top scientists and professors at the Yale School of Medicine.

Professor Ruslan Medzhitov, PhD

Prof. Medzhitov is Sterling Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

He was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and earned a B.S. at Tashkent State University before going on to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Moscow University in 1990. He performed his postdoctoral studies with the late Charles A. Janeway Jr. at Yale University School of Medicine.

Richard A Flavell, PhD, FRS

Dr. Flavell is Sterling Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

He received his B.Sc. (Honors) in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1970 in biochemistry from the University of Hull, England, and performed postdoctoral work in Amsterdam and Zurich. Dr. Flavell is a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences as well as the Institute of Medicine.

Ben Polak, PhD

Provost Ben Polak is the William C. Brainard Professor of Economics, and was named the provost of Yale University in January 2013. He joined the Yale faculty in 1994. He has a B.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. in history from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

An expert on decision theory and economic history, Polak has published numerous papers in leading economic journals, and has studied topics such as how individuals make decisions when faced with uncertainty and how societies choose when faced with inequality.