Cancer Therapy and the Immune System:
Roberta Hayes, Ph.D.
In the USA, cancer will be diagnosed in one out of every 5.4
people (18.4 percent) and is responsible for 23 percent of all
deaths — and Staten Island has one of the highest regional rates of
cancer. Within everyone’s lifetime a friend, coworker or
family member will receive the diagnosis of “cancer.” Often the
initial approach to the treatment of the disease and prior
knowledge affects the final outcome and success of therapy.
This lecture focuses on the ability of the immune system to prevent
and treat certain kinds of cancers and infections that can lead to
cancer, such as Human Papilloma virus and Hepatitis virus and the
current state of the art of such vaccines.
Dr. Roberta Hayes received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and
Immunology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in
Denver, followed by postdoctoral research in Cellular and Molecular
Immunology in Chicago at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical
Center. She was a Research Assistant Professor at NYU Medical
Center for over 10 years in the Departments of Neurosurgery and
Microbiology before moving to Staten Island to join the staff at
Staten Island University Hospital as the Director of the Cancer
Immunotherapy Program. Her research interests are focused in cancer
immunology, brain tumor epidemiology and immune vaccines, in
addition to gene therapies for neurological diseases such as
Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Hayes is currently an Assistant Professor
in the new Institute for Core Studies and has taught Scientific
Inquiry and Biology on the St. John’s University Staten Island
campus since 2004.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009
12:10 PM – 1:10 PM
Kiernan Suite – Kelleher Center, Staten Island Campus
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice