Caetano Reis e Sousa, The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Talk Title: Regulation of dendritic cell accumulation in tumours as an immune checkpoint
Caetano Reis e Sousa obtained a BSc(Hons) in Biology in 1989 from Imperial College, London, and a DPhil in Immunology in 1992 from Oxford. He subsequently trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Ron Germain at the National Institutes of Health, USA. In 1998, he returned to the UK to set up a research group at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, later to become Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute. In 2015, the London Research Institute was subsumed into The Francis Crick Institute where Caetano Reis e Sousa is currently a Senior Group Leader and Head of the Immunobiology Laboratory. He is also Professor of Immunology in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College and holds honorary professorships at University College London and King’s College London.
Caetano’s research centres on the regulation of adaptive immunity by antigen-presenting cells, the innate immune mechanisms involved in sensing pathogen presence and cell death and the complexity of the mononuclear phagocyte system. His scientific contributions have been widely recognised and he was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 2006, a fellow of The Academy of Medical Sciences in the same year and was made an Officer of the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada by his native Portugal in 2009. He is included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers (Thomson Reuters) and has won the BD Biosciences Prize of the European Macrophage and Dendritic Cell Society (2002), the Liliane Bettencourt for Life Sciences Award (2008), the Award for Excellence in Basic/Translational Research from the European Society for Clinical Investigation (2011) and the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2017).
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