Join the Global Science Cafe series on Cell and Gene Therapy with Dr. Michal Šimíček.
One of the main areas of Dr. Šimíček´s research is the development of cell therapy for the treatment of tumours within the hematopoietic system. Cell therapy is a completely new and extremely effective approach in the fight against cancer. Patients are given live cells from the immune system equipped with receptors that help to recognize and eliminate the tumour in a targeted way. This method of treatment is very safe because it can regulate the activity of cells and possibly remove them from the body. The challenge of the treatment is the price. The goal of Michal Šimíček’s team is to reduce the cost of treatment, which is high because completely new cells must be prepared for each patient, as similar as possible to their own cells. Dr. Šimíček wants to create universal cells that could be taken from any donor to significantly reduce the cost.