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Safety and Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapies in Humanised Mice

Investigation of Safety and Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapies using Humanised Mouse Models

Immunodeficient mice reconstituted with the human immune compartment, or humanised mice, represent a potentially powerful model to study human cancer biology, as well as the safety and efficacy of cancer immunotherapies. We are applying our humanised mouse platform, in collaboration with Prof Richard Stebbings at Medimmune to investigate human cancer immunotherapies. This programme involves collaborations with Dr Merixell Huch from the Gurdon Institute and Prof Ludovic Vallier from the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute to use human tumour organoids, or tumoroids, transplanted in humanised mice as a more advanced and representative model to study human cancer biology and immunotherapy.

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