Malta Café Scientifique 2019/20: When a Rat Got Cancer

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Malta Café Scientifique 2019/20: When a Rat Got Cancer

15 January 2020 @ 7:30 pm


Date and Time: Wednesday, 15 January 2020, 7:30pm
Venue: Studio B, Spazju Kreattiv
Price: Free

The age-old question in the world of medicine is that of, how do we cure cancer? It is a known fact that 27% of all deaths in Malta are due to cancer but what if we could weaponize the immune system to kill tumours from the inside? When one of professor Schembri’s friend’s pet rats developed breast cancer, the professor was inspired to test a cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune response to fight tumours more effectively.

Dr Analisse Cassar of the University of Malta’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery will discuss if this cancer vaccine could potentially be the key to making treatment cheaper and more accessible to cancer patients everywhere, and what the hurdles to conducting trials on animals and humans are.

Poster thanks to Maria Fenech. Malta Café Scientifique can be found on Facebook, and online. You can now view events and subscribe to our mailing list from the website.

Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project, Spazju Kreattiv for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).



15 January 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
356 21223200


Duration 120 mins
Language English
Keywords Cancer, Vaccine, Testing
Creative Team Danielle Martine Farrugia - Project Manager, Gillianne Saliba - Organiser, Maria Fenech - Poster Designer, Alicia Carolin Teschner - Assistant, Isabelle Cassar Fiott - Assistant