Turning the immune system on cancer
University of Southampton
Somers Cancer Research Building, MP824
Southampton General Hospital
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Professor Tim Elliott is a leading expert in immunotherapy – treating cancer using the power of the immune system. At the University of Southampton, he and his team are finding out how to make immunotherapy more powerful, to improve the effectiveness of this important new treatment.
Training the immune system
Our immune system is vital, keeping us healthy by detecting and destroying harmful bacteria and viruses. But because cancer starts from our own cells, it is more difficult for the immune system to recognise than these ‘foreign’ invaders.
Researchers around the world are working on immunotherapy - treatments that ‘train’ the immune system to recognise and destroy cancer cells. But so far, immunotherapy has not proved to be as successful in clinical trials as it could be.
Professor Elliott and his team are investigating how the immune system recognises ‘bad’ cells, such as cancer cells. By understanding how the immune system spots tumours – and how cancer cells can ‘hide’ from it – the researchers aim to develop more effective ways to treat the disease, saving lives in the future.
Other research projects by Tim Elliott
A multi-level study of peptide editing in the MHC class I antigen processing pathway and its immunological consequences
Funding period: 01 July 2009 to 30 June 2014