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July 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Our Prostate Cancer Support Group dinner meeting is held on the Third Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This evening will feature Dr. Haydn Kissick, PhD who focuses on using next generation sequencing to identify mutations to be used in personalized vaccine targets for prostate cancer.
Dr. Kissick is a Senior Research Associate in Tumor Immunology in the Division of Translational Research at Emory Urology and the Emory Vaccine Center. He received his PhD in immunology from the University of Western Australia, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in prostate cancer immunology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Kissick’s research focuses on developing next generation sequencing capable of identifying mutations to be used in personalized vaccine targets for prostate cancer. Having used these techniques in mouse models to identify novel vaccine candidates targeting mutations, Dr. Kissick and his colleagues have found that the immune system responds effectively against these mutations. They are now evaluating vaccines targeting mutations in prostate cancer patients as personalized immunotherapeutic vaccines. He is also interested in characterizing how the immune response to cancer is impaired by inducing exhaustion in tumor-specific CD8 T-cells, and therapies to overcome this.
Publications: Dr. Kissick’s work has been published in leading biomedical journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. You may view Dr. Kissick’s extensive publications in PubMed.
Education: BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Australia, Perth, 2006
PhD in Tumor Immunology, University of Western Australia,
Awards: Dr. Kissick is the recipient of the following awards:
Young Investigator Award, Prostate Cancer Foundation, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Program, 2013
The meeting is at the Piedmont West building on the corner of Howell Mill Road and I-75 on the 7th Floor, directions attached. If the doors are locked when you arrive, come to the side door next to the main front entrance and knock, the security guard will let you in. You can arrive a little early if you want to chat and get to know a new group of friends. Carolyn Helmer, the Director of the Chapman Cancer Wellness Center has graciously offered to provide dinner for our meetings. Please call 404-425-7944 if you will be attending so that we can order food to cover all that are attending. Just call and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of people attending the Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting Thursday at 6:30 pm.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting and helping you with your journey!
During an annual physical two years ago, Lutz’s physician suggested he undergo a PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. The test revealed that he had elevated PSA levels, a key indicator of prostate cancer, and follow-up examinations confirmed the diagnosis. Fortunately, the cancer was caught early and Lutz was an ideal candidate for minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery to remove the prostate gland.
In the segment, Lutz shares just how happy he was with the process and results of this procedure. “I read all these stories about the negative side effects of prostate removals,” Lutz said. “But, I’m going to tell you something, 6 or 7 weeks after the surgery, I had no side effects whatsoever. Everything worked correctly!”
Learn more about Karl Lutz’s story and hear more of Dr. Miller’s recommendations about screening for prostate cancer below or by clicking here!