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Dr Emma Smith - Alternative therapies: we need to get rid of the boswellox

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Skeptics on the Fringe presents:
Dr Emma Smith, Science Communications, Imperial College London - Alternative therapies: we need to get rid of the boswellox

Are we being inundated with "fake science" and why do people believe the hype? While at a basic level it seems harmless, what threat does the creep of fake science pose? We'll be taking a look at some evidence of the harm that pursuing alternative therapies can cause people with a cancer diagnosis, and some of the emotional cost.

Emma studied biochemistry at Imperial College London then stayed on for a Masters and PhD on her favourite topic, immunology. After almost a decade there, she braved the move out of London and joined The Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton as a Postdoc to study multiple myeloma, a white blood cell cancer. In 2010 she left the lab behind after making the decision to work in science communications, and joined Breast Cancer Now for a short while. In 2012 she moved to a role in the Science Communications team at Cancer Research UK and spent 6 years perfecting the art of science communications at the biggest cancer charity in the world. In 2018 she took up a position at Imperial College London working in the filed of volunteer infection studies and vaccines, but most of her talk today is centered around her experiences at CRUK.

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/author/emma-smith/
www.hic-vac.org/news
Twitter - @EmmaMarieSmith1, @hic_vac

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