Targeting Adrenergic Receptors to Engineer Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Grafts

Targeting Adrenergic Receptors to Engineer Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Grafts

January 11, 2018


727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287


Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

January 17, 2018, 12:00 pm (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Presented by

Richard J. Simpson, PhD FACSM, Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona

Richard Simpson completed his training in exercise physiology and immunology at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland before spending nine years as a faculty member at the University of Houston. He studies the effects of exercise and stress on the immune system. Major cross-cutting themes of his work are aging (immunosenescence), cancer and spaceflight. Specifically, Simpson and his team study how single exercise bouts can augment the recovery and expansion of specific immune cells that can be used therapeutically to treat patients with hematologic malignancies; and how exercise can be used to negate the onset of immunosenescence during natural aging. He also is interested in how exercise training can contribute to improved patient survival and quality of life through immune and inflammatory pathways at all phases of the cancer care continuum. His current work includes four NASA funded projects that aim to examine the impact of long duration spaceflight and extreme isolation on astronaut immune function and illness rates, and the effects of simulated microgravity on viral infectivity and host immune evasion.

Host: Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virology