An established theory of childhood leukaemia development proposes that the immune systems of children who are not exposed to the normal range of early childhood illnesses respond differently when faced with an infection in later years, increasing their risk of developing leukaemia. Dr Williams will examine the mechanisms that may underlie this abnormal reaction.
Testing the role played by infectious exposure in childhood leukaemia development
Dr Owen Williams
UCL Institute of Child Health
London, WC1N 1EH
1 October 2012