Science & Technology

The Beautiful Cure

Professor Dan Davis
Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 7:00pm


Our immune system is one of the great marvels of nature – and it holds the key to human health.

The body's ability to fight disease and heal itself is one of the great mysteries and marvels of nature. But within the last few years painstaking research has resulted in major advances in our understanding of this breathtakingly beautiful inner world: a vast and intricate network of specialist cells, regulatory proteins and dedicated genes that are continually protecting our bodies. Already we have found ways to harness these natural defences to create breakthrough drugs and so-called immunotherapies that help us fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and many age-related diseases, and we are starting to understand whether or not activities such as mindfulness might play a role in enhancing our physical resilience.

In this talk, Professor Daniel Davis charts the ground-breaking scientific quest to understand how the immune system fights disease and enables the body to heal itself. He reveals how all of this knowledge is now unlocking a revolutionary approach to medicine and well-being. ‘The Beautiful Cure’ tells a dramatic story of detective work and discovery, of puzzles solved and of the mysteries that remain, and of lives sacrificed and saved. Presented by an expert at the forefront of this adventure, this talk will present a revelatory new understanding of the human body and what it takes to be healthy.

The Beautiful Cure was a Book of The Year in The Times, The Telegraph and New Scientist and was short-listed for the Royal Society Science Book Prize.


About the speaker

Daniel M Davis is a Professor of Immunology at Manchester University. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Immunology Section at Imperial College London in South Kensington. His research, using super-resolution microscopy to study immune cell biology, was listed in Discover magazine as one of the top 100 breakthroughs of the year. He is the author of THE COMPATIBILITY GENE, described by Bill Bryson as ‘elegantly written and unexpectedly gripping’ and THE BEAUTIFUL CURE, described by Stephen Fry as 'One of those books that makes you look at everything human in a new, challenging and thrilling way'. The Beautiful Cure was also a Book of The Year in The Times, The Telegraph and New Scientist. Davis has also published over 130 academic papers, collectively cited over 11,000 times, including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American.



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