Mountain View, CA / Berlin, Germany
We are happy to announce Dr. Graham Pawelec as a speaker for the 2019 Undoing Aging Conference.
Dr. Pawelec received an MA in Natural Sciences in 1974 and a PhD in Transplantation Immunology in 1982 from the University of Cambridge, UK and is currently Professor of Experimental Immunology at the Center for Medical Research, Second Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tübingen Medical School, Tübingen, Germany.
He is a Visiting Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK and at King´s College London, holds an Honorary Chair at Manchester University, UK and is also a Faculty Member, Cancer Solutions Program, Health Sciences North Research Institute, Sudbury, ON, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of “Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy”, and Deputy Editor of the “Journal of Translational Medicine” and “Immunity and Aging”. He has been active on multiple Advisory Boards for Pharma, review panels for granting agencies and European Commission road mapping exercises. He has organised or co-organised many international conferences, most recently the Keystone Conference “Aging, Inflammation and Immunity”, Austin, TX, USA, 25.2.-1.3.2018, and Progress in Vaccination against Cancer 18 (PIVAC 18, Oslo, Norway, 3.-6.10.2018), the latter the most recent of a series of conferences which have taken place every year since 2001.
His laboratory research focuses on immunity and ageing, particularly in the context of vaccination in cancer and infectious disease. His work on immune function in the elderly has led him to conclude that individualized manipulation of the immune system to enhance the generation of naïve T cells necessary for adaptive immunity against neoantigens, coupled with modulating the dysregulated state of innate immunity which contributes to inflammaging, will help to rebalance immune responses in older adults and restore appropriate immune protection while reducing the effects of “friendly fire” by misguided immune activity.
"Graham is another speaker who has been a key member of the “SENS family” since its earliest days. He is one of the few eminent biogerontologists who can proudly claim to have spoken out regularly in favour of intervention in aging during the dark days when such talk was widely viewed by colleagues as misguided or even irresponsible. He continues to be a world leader in the study of immunosenescence, elucidating key aspects of why older people are so bad at fighting off infections, and I’m really looking forward to hearing his latest findings." says Aubrey de Grey.