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Jan 2020 – When a Rat Got Cancer

Date and Time: 15th January, 7:30pm
Venue: Studio B, Spazju Kreattiv

The age-old question in the world of medicine is that of, how do we cure cancer? It is a known fact that 27% of all deaths in Malta are due to cancer but what if we could weaponize the immune system to kill tumours from the inside? When one of a friend’s pet rats developed breast cancer, researchers at the University of Malta were inspired to test a cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune response to fight tumours more effectively.

Dr Analisse Cassar of the University of Malta’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery will discuss if this cancer vaccine could potentially be the key to making treatment cheaper and more accessible to cancer patients everywhere, and what the hurdles to conducting trials on animals and humans are. 

Poster thanks to Maria Fenech. Malta Café Scientifique can be found on Facebook, and online. You can now view events and subscribe to our mailing list from the website. 

Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project, Spazju Kreattiv for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part)