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Reactivating Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

May 27, 2014 | Michelle Liew

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, Rolf Brekken, Ph.D., an associate professor in the departments of surgery and pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will provide information on how cancers evade the immune system and what treatments and combination of treatments, including bavituximab and other immune activators, can be used to reactivate your immuno-suppressed tumor to effectively fight cancer.

This 45-minute online webinar, which is part of the Cancer Research Institute's Breakthroughs in Cancer Immunotherapy webinar series, and generously supported by Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is free to the public, but registration is limited, so sign up now.
This 45-minute online webinar, which is part of the Cancer Research Institute's Breakthroughs in Cancer Immunotherapy webinar series, is free to the public, but registration is limited, so sign up now. - See more at:

Rolf Brekken, Ph.D.
"Reactivating Your Immune System to Fight Cancer"
May 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Dr. Brekken’s laboratory studies how therapy affects the tumor microenvironment and how stromal elements influence response to therapy. Dr. Brekken received his B.A. in Biology from Luther College and his Ph.D. from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he trained under Philip E. Thorpe, Ph.D. His graduate studies were focused on developing novel therapies that target the vascular compartment of tumors. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Vascular Biology at the Hope Heart Institute in Seattle, WA, where he studied how the extracellular matrix contributes to vascular function and tumor progression. He joined the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern as faculty in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2009. He is also a member of the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern.


Barbara McCoy
Thanks to the wonderful doctors like this for their knowledge to help end this terrible disease. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, as do many others! I look forward to any new updates on cancer research, and we will all try to give the support that is needed!
5/28/2014 6:26:00 AM