M Fraccaro Lecture 2014/15

Antonio Lanzavecchia, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Research in Bellinzona (Switzerland) will give the 2014/14 M Fraccaro lecture on Monday 16th at 5.00 pm.  The lecture will be held in the main University Lecture Hall (Aula Magna) in Strada Nuova.  The lecture will demonstrate how new methods for immortalisation of antibody-producing B cells from individual subjects enables accurate reconstruction of the antibody response to pathogens and to antigens involved in autoimmunity. The same procedure also proves to be very valuable for isolating and expanding antibodies with therapeutic potential.  The poster of the lecture can be downloaded here.

Antonio Lanzavecchia earned a degree in Medicine at the University of Pavia where he specialised in Paediatrics and in Infectious Diseases. From 1983 to 1999, he worked at the Basel Institute for Immunology and since 1999 he is the Director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona. He taught immunology at the Universities of Genova and Siena and since 2009 is Professor of Human Immunology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. He is Member of the EMBO and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Awarded the EMBO medal in 1988 and the Cloëtta prize in 1999, Antonio Lanzavecchia published more than 270 papers. His research has covered several aspects of immunology: from antigen processing and presentation to dendritic cell biology, from lymphocyte activation and trafficking to T and B cell memory.

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