2011 Nobel Prize winner will speak at UH Cancer Center symposium

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Nana Ohkawa, (808) 564-5911
Public Information Officer, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Posted: Aug 17, 2015

Dr. Bruce Beutler
Dr. Bruce Beutler

Dr. Bruce Beutler, the 2011 Nobel Prize winner in medicine, will speak at the Bridging the Cancer World Symposium at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, at the UH Cancer Center's Sullivan Conference Center.  The free and open to the public event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes sessions on how the immune system fights cancer, the genetic basis of cancer, and the possibility of targeting certain channels in tumor cells.

During the symposium, an open session will take place, allowing graduate and post-doctoral students to ask questions of Dr. Beutler, particularly on how to conduct research. Top scientists from across the nation will also look at possible new research collaborations.

Dr. Beutler will share his research on rapid discovery and how genetic differences affect specific cancer characteristics from 11-11:30 a.m. He won the Nobel Prize for discovering an important family of receptors allowing mammals to sense infections when they occur, triggering an inflammatory response.

Dr. Josh Green, a state senator and chairman of the Senate Health Committee, will present a special recognition to Dr. Beutler on behalf of the Hawaii State Senate.

The symposium was made possible by a generous donation from the Weinman Foundation. The funds are directed toward advancing innovations and collaborations in cancer research.

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