Maximising anti-tumour immune activation with oncology virotherapy
Professor Melcher graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford in 1989, and trained in Clinical Oncology (radiotherapy and chemotherapy) in Cardiff, London and Leeds. Following completion of his PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, before returning to the UK, where he is currently Professor of Clinical Oncology and Biotherapy in Leeds. He combines a clinical practice in melanoma, with laboratory and translational research focused on oncolytic viruses and immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer.


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Date: 16 November 2015, 11:00 (Monday, 6th week, Michaelmas 2015)
Venue: Old Road Campus Research Building, Headington OX3 7DQ
Venue Details: 71A, B and C
Speaker: Professor Alan Melcher (University of Leeds)
Organising department: Department of Oncology
Organiser: Linda Nemerofksy-Birks (University of Oxford)
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Host: Emmanouil Fokas (University of Oxford)
Part of: Department of Oncology
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Amanda Chapman