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Our Immunity & Allergies


Fri 12 May 2017, 12:10pm–1:10pm

Where: Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: HuttCityLibraries

Ruby White, Research Officer, Immune Cell Biology Group, Malaghan Institute of Medical Research.

Discover how the Immune Cell Biology research team at Malaghan Institute of Medical Research study the wonderment of dendritic cells, our immunity and allergies with scientist Ruby White.

This free talk is part of the Hutt STEMM Festival (6-21 May).
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Do you know dendritic cells are and what their function is? Dendritic cells act as messengers between the innate and the adaptive immune systems and are ideal targets for the development of immunotherapies for diseases such as cancer, where a more powerful immune activation might result in the control of tumour growth, or allergy and autoimmune disease, where dendritic cells play an important role in local inflammation.

The Immune Cell Biology research team at MIMR question what signals instruct dendritic cells to initiate allergic immune responses and whether dendritic cells are targeted to specifically reduce allergic inflammation with minimal effects on other immune responses.

Bio - Ruby White:
I have always been fascinated by what makes people unique from each other and how this can be attributed to nature vs nurture. This interest ultimately led me to the University of Otago where I completed my Bachelor of Science (BScHon) in Genetics with first class honours. During my honours year, I had my first proper taste of working in a research laboratory, and I loved it. It was really important to me to be in a career that I felt was benefiting others, this was another reason why research appealed to me.

I now work in my hometown of Wellington at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research as a Research Officer in the Immune Cell Biology Group. I work on understanding the genetic signals that control the fate of immune responses in the context of allergy, with the hope that this knowledge will one day be applied to clinical treatments, and improved patient outcomes.