25th Edition of Porto Cancer Meeting 2018
Cancer Wars: The Immune Force Awakens
Maria José Oliveira
i3S-Institute for Research and Innovation in Health and INEB-Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Maria José Oliveira is leading the Tumour and Microenvironment Interactions Group at i3S-Institute for Research and Innovation in Health and at INEB-Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Porto. She did her PhD studies on the role of the tumour microenvironment on colorectal cancer invasion, at Ghent University Hospital, in Belgium. Her PostDoc training was developed at Ipatimup and mainly dedicated to the role of E-cadherin and Helicobacter pylori on gastric cancer. Under the scope of Ciência 2007, she initiated at INEB, a new line of research focused on the role of of immune cells, in particular macrophages, on cancer cell invasion. She is currently an Investigator FCT, and has elucidated the role of macrophages on the promotion of cancer cell invasion, dissecting the underlying molecular mechanisms, highlighted the role of radiotherapy on macrophage polarization, and developed immunomodulatory therapeutic strategies to counteract cancer cell invasion. Her work was published over 60 papers in international peer-review journals and received several prizes, namely one of the L’Óreal for Women in Science, from Lóreal/UNESCO/FCT in 2009.