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New ways to eradicate cancer | Damya LAOUI | TEDxBrussels

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"Cancer is among the leading causes of deaths worldwide. What is really killing is when cancer cells are spreading throughout the body, which is also known as metastasis. Unfortunately, effective therapies against metastasis are lacking. Tumors are quite complex and contain besides cancer cells also normal cells, such as cells of our immune system. We discovered that 2 specific types of immune cells reside in tumors and can still provide protection against cancer. These cells can be used a an anti-cancer vaccine and form a potential new personalized immunotherapy, which makes use of the patient’s own immune system to slow down tumor growth." Damya Laoui is a research scientist tumor-immunology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and VIB. She graduated in Bio-Engineering Sciences and obtained a PhD degree in 2014. After her post-doc in the De Palma lab at the ISREC Institute in the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, she came back to Brussels and started leading her own team focusing on tumor-immunology in the lab of Jo Van Ginderacter. She is exploring the role of the immune system in tumor progression and is developing new personalized immunotherapies based on dendritic cells to win the battle against cancer, for which she received the Dunia Award (African Awards) and the MIT Innovator under 35 Europe Award 2017. She was recently nominated for the Woman in Technology and Science award and is encouraging young women to start studies and pursue careers in STEM. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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