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Watch: Meet Dr. Daniel Utzschneider, a Recipient of a CSL Centenary Fellowship

The Australian scientist is investigating why fighting cancer exhausts T cells, a component of our adaptive immune system.


Last month, CSL awarded its Centenary Fellowships, valued at $1.25 million over five years, to two Australian scientists who are developing new kinds of potential cancer therapies based on their fundamental research into cancer biology.

Watch the video above to learn more about fellowship recipient Dr. Daniel Utzschneider, who is trying to unravel the mystery of why T cells, which are white blood cells, get exhausted when a patient is fighting cancer. This reduces the effectiveness of immunotherapy.

Utzschneider will use his CSL Centenary Fellowship to accelerate his research at The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. He will investigate these exhausted T cells from different angles, to understand their biology, why they become exhausted, and how to boost their numbers and their ability to fight cancer.

CSL Centenary Fellowships aim to support leading mid-career Australian researchers working on discovery or translational research with a focus on rare or serious diseases, immunology or inflammation. Learn more about Dr. Ankur Sharma, who also received a fellowship this year, in this video about his research.