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The Frenemy Within: How the immune system can help us and hurt us, and its radical personalized future


Science Writers' Boot Camp

Monday, May 1, 2017
The National Press Club
Washington, D.C.
Reception to follow


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Welcome and Introduction
Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D.

Immune System Basics

From Friend to Foe: What Happens When Your Immune System Goes Bad?
Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D. PDF

Sore Joints and Bad Breath: What Is Going on?
Felipe Andrade, M.D., Ph.D. Video PDF

Engineering the Immune System to Fight Cancer
Jonathan Schneck, M.D., Ph.D. PDF

Gut and Immune System

Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends? The Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease
Susan Tuddenham, M.D., M.P.H. Video PDF

From Science Fiction to Reality: Building Baby Intestines
David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D. PDF

Can We Finally Eat That Peanut?
Corinne Keet, M.D., Ph.D. Video PDF


More Heat, More Allergies, More Bugs: The Impacts of Climate Change in Human Health Video
John Aucott, M.D.
Douglas Norris. Ph.D.
Murray Ramanathan, M.D.
Marsha Wills-Karp, Ph.D.  
Moderator: Brady Dennis, The Washington Post

Science Denial, Vaccine Research and Science Policy
Ruth Karron, M.D.
Lois Privor-Dumm, M.B.A.
Dan Salmon, Ph.D 
Moderator: Arthur Allen, Politico

Immunotherapy: Sorting the Hype from the Hope Video
Julie Brahmer, M.D. 
Dung Le, M.D. 
Jonathan Powell, M.D., Ph.D.
Moderator: Lindsey Pujanandez, Science Translational Medicine

21st Century Cures: From Bench to Market and Who Is Paying for it? Video
Scott Carmer
Drew Pardoll, M.D., Ph.D.
Elad Sharon, M.d., Ph.D.
Moderator: Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Magazine