T cell based cancer immunotherapy

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Tessa Kerre - Hematologist, Ghent University Hospital

Short description of the presentation:

I will give an overview of T cell based immunotherapies for malignancies, focusing on hematological malignancies: allogeneic stem cell transplantation, tumour infiltrating T cells, TCR and CAR transduced T cells. Both state-of-the-art fundamental research and the most important clinical results will be discussed.

Biography of the speaker:

Education (university level)

  • Medical doctor, Ghent University, 1990-1997, greatest distinction
  • Research fellow Flemish Science Foundation (FWO), 1997-2002
  • PhD in medical sciences, Study of homing, differentiation and expansion of human hematopoietic stem cells in immunodeficient mice, 2002
  • Specialist in Internal Medicine, 2005
  • Specialist in Clinical Hematology, 2006
  • Visiting Physician at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle and University of Washington Medical Center, and at at MD Anderson, Houston, 2008 and 2010

Current occupancy

  • Staff member Department of Hematology (head of clinic), Ghent University Hospital (from 1/10/2006)
  • Associate Professor Ghent University, since October 2010
  • Senior Clinical Investigator of the Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium) (FWO) (from 1/10/2006)
  • Clinical program director of the stem cell transplant unit, Ghent University Hospital


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