Science by the Pint

Our SbtP events in January feature…

The STAT Team

The (sometimes messy) science of communicating science

Monday, January 9, 6:30-8:30pm at The Burren (247 Elm Street, Somerville) (directions)

Are you interested in learning more about what the field of science journalism looks like from the inside? Panelists from the Boston-based publication STAT will discuss what led them to a career in health and science journalism, as well as the challenges and value of investigating and reporting in this field. Small group discussions will follow the panel, so you’ll have a chance to ask questions and bring up topics you want to discuss. Members of the panel will represent a broad range of careers within science journalism, including reporting, editing, social media, marketing, multimedia, and graphic design.

About STAT (from statnews.com): STAT is a new national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery. We produce daily news, investigative articles, and narrative projects in addition to multimedia features. We tell our stories from the places that matter to our readers – research labs, hospitals, executive suites, and political campaigns.

Dr. Mark Cobbold
Why don’t we all have cancer? Natural immunity against the transformed self

Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:30pm at Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler Street, Somerville) (directions)

Dr. Mark Cobbold is a member of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and leads a research group at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Immunology. His research focuses on understanding how the healthy human immune response is able to recognize and target cancerous cells, and when it fails, how it could be strengthened to recognize this endogenous threat. Our immune system faces a challenge in targeting cancerous cells as they are not “foreign,” yet subtle changes in the cellular proteins exist that nevertheless allow our immune cells (T-cells) to detect them. Cancer cells modify internal proteins in different ways to healthy cells, a process fundamental to a cell becoming cancerous. These abnormal modifications can be recognized by T-cells and might play a role in protecting us against cancer. Come and hear about his work on identifying these modifications, as well as how we can promote the recognition, and ultimately eradication, of cancer by our T-cells.
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