Jim Allison, Researcher, Nobel Prize discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts


University in Japan. And Jim Allison is the chair of the department of immunology at MD cancer center. And Jim Allison, welcome to on point. Grubby here Magna at first of all, hearty congratulations to you. What does it feel like to be now be known worldwide as Nobel prize winning researcher? Jim Allison stood out of seeking in to tell you the truth. It's just been who are wind bacteria since the now's was made over week ago. Yeah, I, I can imagine that it's been a very busy time for you, but but I understand that just sort of anecdotally, you found out that you'd won the Nobel prize, not from the Nobel committee itself. Our our, you informed. Well, I, I got up in the morning really, really early and. Kind of thinking that wasn't going to happen because there'd been a lot of buzz the week before might my wife said, well, look like it's going to be next year and you know, because it had phone run yet in rang it was my son said, dad, dad you on. And then then at my phone said, there's another call from Sweden. So I said, I gotta go. There's another Sweden. Yeah, they had. They had some Trump. I don't know. They didn't have my phone numbers. It's interesting, the state age, the Nobel committee. Sometimes that's trouble reaching out to people who who they have, they've deemed have changed the world here. Now you mentioned your wife. I should mention her as she's, she's a, she's a researcher with you in these cancer. Immunotherapy is right pod Sharma, right? Just we worked together and she's a genital, urinary oncologist hear him to Anderson it together. We went to group called therapy platform where we're trying to really understand the impact of these new jugs on on the immune system and how they interact with each other and trying to optimize the treatments to make more effective for more people. Okay. Well, so let's talk a little bit than about about the actual research itself. When we say cancer immunotherapy, I mean sort of give us the the biology one. Oh, one explanation of that. What are we talking about? Well, there actually several John's of immunotherapy away from growing Kanter specific cells called t. Cells that are actually the soldiers of the system. You know, you can grow them up in large numbers, taken from patient grom up, get the right kind put them back in the what I developed. This was a little bit different. I'm really basic immunologist at hard and have been working on t. cells ever since I found out about him in late sixties and trying to figure out how they work and amazingly complex..

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