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Trained immunity: a memory for innate host defense

Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre Medical School
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences
Tuesday 19th November 2019 (13:00-14:00)
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Professor Mihai Netea
Professor Mihai Netea

Harry Smith Memorial Lecture

by Professor Mihai Netea


Mihai Netea is one of the world’s leading immunologists and infectious disease experts.  Born and educated in Romania, Mihai moved to the Netherlands for his PhD and clinical training and then to Colorado for post-doctoral research.  He is now head of the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and an ERC Advanced Grant holder. 

Mihai’s contributions to our understanding of immunity and infection are immense.  He has published over 800 papers and made transformative discoveries in multiple fields, including the genetic basis of immune dysfunction, the role of metabolism in immune cell function and the revolutionary discovery of ‘trained immunity’ in the innate immune system.  In recognition of these achievements Mihai has received a long-list of awards including fellowship of the Royal Dutch Academy for the Sciences and, in 2016, the Spinoza Prize – the highest scientific prize in The Netherlands. 

On 19th November, Mihai will add the Harry Smith Memorial Lecture to this list, in recognition of his lifelong contribution to microbiology research.  Please come along and hear first-hand the remarkable discoveries that Mihai has made, and continues to make, in immunology & infection.

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