HPV vaccine expert to present Bascom Lecture Nov. 3 at Kansas State University
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
MANHATTAN – A human papillomavirus expert involved in developing HPV diagnostic tests and vaccines will speak at Kansas State University as part of the Johnson Cancer Research Center's George S. Bascom Memorial Lecture Series on Current Issues in Clinical Medicine.
Michael Hagensee will present "HPV vaccination: from laboratory to...bedside?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre. The talk is free and the public is invited.
Hagensee is a professor in the department of medicine's section of infectious disease at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he is also vice chair of research. He is an expert in the human body's immune response to HPV, and is developing an HPV-detection home-test and ways to improve HPV vaccination. He also is studying a potential interaction between Epstein-Barr Virus and HPV in the development of cervical and anal cancers.
In his clinical work, Hagensee focuses on the care of HIV-positive individuals and on prevention of both cervical and anal cancers in this population.
Hagensee received both his doctoral degree in cell biology and his medical degree from Baylor College School of Medicine in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He did his medical residency and postdoctoral research, and was an instructor, at University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle before going to Louisiana in 1996.
For the Bascom Lecture, Hagensee will discuss the development of the current HPV vaccines, from laboratory to clinical application, and the problems with — and possible solution to — the low HPV vaccination rates. He will also look at the ongoing issues with HPV-related diseases in the vaccine era.
The Bascom Lecture Series, initiated in 1996, brings distinguished experts to Kansas State University to present to faculty, students, medical providers and the general public about challenges faced in clinical medicine and research. It was named in honor of the late George S. Bascom, a revered local surgeon, community leader and poet who served on the Johnson Cancer Research Center's first advisory council.
The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports and advances cancer research and education at Kansas State University. Its programs are made possible by private donations. Information is available at cancer.k-state.edu or by calling 785-532-6705.