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Biology/Medicine: The Science Behind Cancer Vaccines With Dr Helen James From University of East Anglia

November 6 @ 15:35 - 16:20

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This interactive talk will consider how a person’s immune system can target some cancers on its own or with the help of cancer vaccines, to either prevent cancers from occurring or to treat them once they have developed.

We will consider the key molecular and cellular changes that occur in cells as they transform into cancer cells and why these characteristics make some cancers suitable to be treated with vaccines. During this discussion we will answer the questions ‘what are cancer vaccines?’ and ‘how successful are they?’ including details of some current cancer vaccines.

The talk will conclude with a discussion around the future for cancer vaccines.

Lecturer Profile: Dr Helen James


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. There is no charge to take part.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Biology, Medicine and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the speaker via typed comments and questions and/or via a microphone. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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November 6
15:35 - 16:20
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