Wallingford Science Exchange – Treating Autoimmune Disorders, speaker Andrew Nesbitt, Field Medical Director, UCB – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Good progress has been made in developing treatments for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease; the various approaches will be explained. However, the treatments do not cure the vast majority of patients and some do not respond at all for reasons which are unclear. In addition, various side-effects are associated with treatments and so Dr Nesbitt will describe and discuss possible treatments.

Andrew Nesbitt took a first degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Cellular Immunology. Since then he has worked for Celltech and now UCB, researching potential treatments for autoimmune diseases.

Science Exchange Wallingford’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th July in Wallingford School Library, St George’s Road, Wallingford. Meetings are very informal. Speakers talk for about half an hour, then we break for refreshments and return for a lively question and answer session. We are grateful that the support of local company Triaster, Wallingford School and the generosity of our speakers ensures that each event is free to attend. We are also privileged to be a Café Scientifique. (http://www.cafescientifique.org/).