New ways to eradicate cancer

October 30, 2019Atelier 210 Brussels
Eradicate cancer robins choice
Doors open: 19:30
Start programme: 20:30
Atelier 210
Chaussée Saint-Pierre 210

For decades, scientists have developed cancer therapies that target rapidly dividing cancer cells. Although, in many cases, more than 50% of the cells residing in tumors are not cancer cells, but cells of our immune system, which are supposed to protect us from diseases. However, many of these immune cells are cooperating with the cancer cells to enhance tumor growth. What are these immune cells doing exactly? Which immune cells are our allies or our enemies and can we manipulate them to boost their anti-tumor functions by so-called immunotherapies?

The young and upcoming science talent Damya Laoui is exploring the role of the immune system in tumor progression and is developing new personalized immunotherapies based on dendritic cells. This work got her the Dunia Award (African Awards) and the MIT Innovator under 35 Europe Award 2017. She was nominated for the Woman in Technology and Science award and is encouraging young women to start studies and pursue careers in STEM. Tonight she will tell us all about her innovative new techniques to win the battle against cancer.

Afterwards, we'll get our doses of dry-ice chilled, homemade cocktails at the bar together with a good shot of live music from Glü. This band from Brussels combines various electronic styles in an energetic live blend with psychedelic visuals. Guaranteed to be a feast to the eyes and ears!

Eradicate Cancer

Damya Laoui

New ways to eradicate cancer

How do tumors grow? What makes cancer spread through the body? What effective ways do we have to battle cancer? And how can our own immune system help to slow down tumor growth?

Live drawings

During the event, cartoonist Benjamin Benéteau created live drawings of the talk by Damya Laoui. Follow the link below to see them all!

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Talk by

Damya Laoui

Damya Laoui is professor in the `Cellular and Molecular Immunology' group of the VUB and team leader `Tumor Immunology' at the VIB (Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology). She was named European Innovator under 35 by MIT in 2017 for developing new immunotherapies based on dendritic cells to win the battle against cancer. In 2018 she received the New Scientist Science Talent Prize.

Damya Laoui

Music by


Glü is a four-piece band based in Brussels. The band plays powerful and energetic live music, blending its many influences from the electronic music field and adding a psychedelic and cinematic touch, as their stage performances feature a live video artist.