Biodesign Faculty Athena Aktipis to Give Live Cancer Lecture at Harvard Museums

Biodesign Faculty Athena Aktipis to Give Live Cancer Lecture at Harvard Museums

April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018

Arizona State University Biodesign faculty Athena Aktipis will be speaking today at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture on how using an evolutionary approach to understanding cancer can change how we treat the disease. The lecture will be livestreamed on the museum’s Facebook page.

Aktipis, who is affiliated with the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy, will be discussing how evolution underlies the processes that lead cancer cells to grow and to become resistant to aggressive medical treatments. This research aims to transform cancer into a disease can we live with, instead of one that threatens our lives.

Aktipis is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at ASU, co-director of the Human Generosity Project, and a cooperation theorist, theoretical evolutionary biologist and cancer biologist who works at the intersection of those fields.

The free public lecture “Why Cancer Is Everywhere” will be live on Facebook at 3 p.m. Arizona time on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will also be available on the Harvard Museums’ YouTube channel about three weeks after the lecture. The event is co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

 

Written by: Jean Clare Sarmiento