Date of release: Friday, February 6, 2015

Dr Lauren PecorinoCancer expert Dr Lauren Pecorino will explain how a better understanding of people's immune systems promises to revolutionise treatment of the disease during her free public lecture at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 4 March.

Dr Pecorino, author of the popular book Why Millions Survive Cancer: The Success of Science, will look at a new field of research, cancer immunotherapy, which was voted 2013 Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine.

The lecture, New cancer drugs: Getting our immune system to fight cancer, starts at 6.30pm. Part of the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science public lecture series, it will be held in the Pembroke Building, at the University's Medway Campus.

Dr Pecorino, a Principal Lecturer at the university, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, specialises in explaining complex concepts in medical science. She says: "The best kept secret of how to fight cancer may have been hiding within our own bodies.

"Our immune systems are good at recognising and eliminating invaders. However, cancers can suppress the immune system and weaken its response. Current research promises to revolutionise treatment by overcoming that problem.

"New cures for cancers will include long-lasting boosts to our immune systems to create long-lasting effects, similar to the way vaccinations protect against viruses.

"This approach has already extended the lives of some people with melanomas. I am optimistic that in the not too distant future there will be immune system-boosting medications, combined with other new treatments in the research pipeline, offering effective treatment for decades."

Early booking is essential as places are limited. Call 020 8331 9800 or email: science-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk

For more information on studying with the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, see http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci or call 020 8331 9000.

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