Alistair Cook

Dr, BSc Aberd., PhD Edin.

  • The University of Western Australia (M503), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Following completion of his BSc (hons) in biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen, Alistair undertook his PhD in stem cell biology at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Stem Cell Research. Here, he studied the embryonic origins of the thymus – a key organ in adaptive immune system development.

Alistair joined NCARD in 2011, where he has been heavily involved with clinical trials of immunotherapy in mesothelioma. Immunotherapy can work well, but unfortunately for less than half of patients who receive it; Alistair’s work has focussed around looking for immune ‘biomarkers’ i.e. detectable signatures in the blood that may indicate whether a patient is likely to have a good response to the treatment.

More recently, he has instigated a research program attempting to use radiotherapy as a tool to improve the likelihood of successful anti-tumour immunotherapy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

stem cell biology, PhD, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 30 Nov 2010

Industry keywords

  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Clinical Trials
  • Biotechnology

Research expertise keywords

  • Biomarkers
  • Flow cytometry
  • Mesothelioma
  • Cancer immunology
  • Immunotherapy

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