Antibody Immunotherapy – Does the science match the hype?

Please join us Monday, April 3, 2017, at 7:00PM for our next Cafe Sci presentation. Dr. Cory Brooks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will be discussing advances in the field of antibodies as disease therapy. This was the talk Dr. Brooks intended to give in February.

At the end of the 19th century German physician Paul Ehrlich dreamed of a “magic bullet” that would specifically destroy disease without harming the body. More recently, scientists have harnessed the incredible ability of the immune system to destroy disease, using monoclonal antibodies, proteins that bind and destroy disease. In 1986, the first monoclonal antibody was approved for human treatment, making Dr. Ehrlich’s dream a reality. With over 70 billion dollars in annual sales, 62 monoclonal antibodies on the market, and many hundreds in clinical trials for the treatment of everything from arthritis to cancer, we are on the cusp of a new era of antibody-based immunotherapy. This talk will explore what basic research can tell us about the promise and flaws of antibody therapy.

Who: Dr. Cory Brooks

When: April 3, 2017 at 7:00PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA

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Get off your phone (unless it’s important): Device distraction in social context

Please join us Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7:00PM to listen to a talk from Dr. Henry Delcore, Professor of Anthropology, regarding the rise in use of mobile devices.

Our public discussion of mobile device use is littered with claims that mobile devices, especially smartphones, are an anti-social distraction. At the university, a parallel discussion revolves around smartphones as distractions from learning. Indeed, we have data to support the claim that devices in the classroom inhibit learning. But is this all we need to know about devices and distraction? In this talk, I argue that, before we can act effectively, we must know more about the social situation of the user and the social context of use.

Who: Dr. Henry Delcore

When: March 6, 2017 at 7PM

Where: Santa Fe Basque, 3110 N. Maroa Ave., Fresno, CA.