For Release: September 13, 2007
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Dartmouth Life Science Symposium on Immunology Set for October 2

HANOVER, NH—"Truth or Consequences: The Immunology of Human Disease" is the focus of the 14th annual Dartmouth Symposium for the Life Sciences, featuring leading experts on the role of the immune system in different illnesses.

The free event on Tuesday, Oct. 2 will be held 9 am to 4:30 pm at Dartmouth College's Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center, followed by a reception at the Hanover Inn. Physicians, researchers, and students from Dartmouth and throughout New England, as well as members of the community are welcome.

The immune system defends the body against diseases through a web of checks and balances but if a piece fails, the system can turn against itself. Many chronic human illnesses are the result of an assault by one's own immune system on a specific organ, tissue or the host.

This year's symposium will illuminate how an immune system gone astray contributes to a spectrum of diseases, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's, atherosclerosis, cancer, bacterial infection and multiple sclerosis. Noted researchers from Dartmouth and around the world will discuss their recent work on the cells, molecules and signals responsible for an immune system's aberrant, but relentless destruction of the host and emerging strategies to thwart an immune attack.

Symposium moderators are Dartmouth Medical School immunologists Drs. Lloyd H. Kasper, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, and Randolph J. Noelle, professor of microbiology and immunology.

Registration is requested, but free and open to all interested. For more information and registration material please visit the Life Science Symposium Website or contact Helina Josephson, symposium coordinator, at: or at 603-650-1619.


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