2017 seminars





7 December
Professor Melissa Knothe Tate

Professor and Paul Trainor Chair in Biomedical Engineering
University of New South Wales, Sydney

"CONNECTOMICS TO BIOTEXTILOGY thinking inversely and recursively to engineering advanced materials and medical devices."

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30 November
Dr Diana Stojanovski

Mitochondrial Biologist
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
University of Melbourne

"Mitochondrial protein import into human mitochondria- new perspectives and future challenges"

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23 November
Professor Girish Dwivedi

Wesfarmers Chair in Cardiology,
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Consultant Cardiologist, Fiona Stanley Hospital

"Deconstructing the role of inflammation in atherosclerosis by imaging tools"

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16 November
Professor Nicholas Topley

Director of the Centre for Medical Edi
Cardiff University, UK 

"Understanding inflammation and infection: can it improve outcomes in dialysis patients?"

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9 November
Associate Professor Debbie Trinder

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Head, Iron Metabolism Laboratory
UWA School of Medicine & Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 

"The role of non-transferrin bound iron in iron overload disease."

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2 November
Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham

Senior Research Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences, UWA
Honorary Research Fellow, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute

"Development of molecular tools and novel therapies to prevent bacterial ear disease."

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26 October
Associate Professor Sandra Cooper

Deputy Head, Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research
Children’s Hospital at Westmead 

"Revelations and Limitations of Genomic Medicine. The hunt for disease genes in not at all like CSI"

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18 October
Professor Sue Fletcher

Director of Research, Perron Institute
Deputy Director, Muscular Therapies Laboratory, Murdoch University

"Invention, drug development and the uncertain path to commercialisation"

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12 October
Professor Jeffrey Bamber

Team Leader
Institute of Cancer Research 

"Ultrasound research in cancer medicine"

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28 September
Associate Professor Lenka Munoz

Head, Cell Signalling Laboratory
Charles Perkins Centre

"The known and unknown of cell signalling"

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14 September
Associate Professor Pilar Blancafort 

Head, Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

"Mirall trencat: the breast cancer landscape; from the break to the glue" 

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7 September
Professor David Preen

Head, Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

"Mirall trencat: the breast cancer landscape; from the break to the glue" 

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31 August
Professor Gail Risbridger

Head, Prostate Cancer Research Group 
Monash University

"The long and short (of) patient derived prostate cancer models" 

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24 August
Dr Michelle Halls

NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellow Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

"Spatial and temporal dimensions of G protein-coupled receptor signalling"

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17 August
Professor Valérie Verhasselt

Larsson Rosenquist Foundation, Chair in Human Lactology 
School of Molecular Sciences 
University of Western Australia 

"Impact of mother-child interaction through breast milk on immune development and long term homeostasis" 

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9 August
Professor Karlheinz Peter

Deputy Director and Head of the Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology Program 
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

"Novel tools for diagnosis and therapy of thrombosis, inflammation, unstable atherosclerotic plaques and cancer"

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3 August
Professor George Yeoh 

Laboratory Head, Liver Disease and Carcinogenesis Laboratory Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research


"Liver Disease and Cancer: The Impending Tsunami"

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27 July
Professor Alaina Ammit 

Biomedical Scientist, University of Sydney

"Targeting inflammatory mechanisms in chronic respiratory diseases"
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20 July
Dr Lu Wen 

Research Scientist
Biodynamic Optical Imaging Centre
Pekins University, Beijing, China 

 "Genome-wide DNA methylation hydroxymethylation analysis."
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13 July
Professor Shulamit Levenberg 

Faculty of Biomedical Engineering
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology 

"Vascularization dynamics in engineered tissues."
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6 July
Emeritus Professor Miranda Grounds 

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
University of Western Australia 

"Distinctly different mechanisms for muscular dystrophies due to defects in dystrophin (DMD) and dysferlin (LGMD2B)."
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29 June
Gary Cox

Chairman & Principal

 "Case studies for IP protection – from a researcher perspective"
- I have this data- can I protect it?
- What protection is available?
- Is it worth protecting it?
- prognostic v diagnostic?
- What do I need to do?
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22 June
Associate Professor Kevin Pfleger

Head of Molecular Endocrinology and Pharmacology Laboratory
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

"Real-time profiling of protein complexes and introducing Accelerating Australia"
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15 June
Anne McKenzie AM

Head of the WA Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Consumer and Community Health Research Network"
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1 June
Dr Janina Tirnitz-Parker

Laboratory Head, Liver Disease and Regeneration Group
Curtin University

"Liver progenitor cells as a therapeutic target – the role of key signaling pathways in regeneration versus carcinogenesis"
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22 May
Dr Brian Kaspar

The Research Institute
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio


"Gene Delivery Translation in Spinal Muscular Atrophy"

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18 May
Dr Paul Timpson

Laboratory Head, Invasion and Metastasis, Garvan Institute for Medical Research
Conjoint Senior Lecturer, St Vincent’s Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine
University of New South Wales


"Imaging tumour behaviour and drug targeting using live biosensors: insights from intravital imaging"

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11 May
Professor Livia Hool

President International Society for Heart Research (Australasian Section) NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Faculty-at-Large Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Sydney Head Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia

"Designing therapies to treat cardiomyopathies"

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27 April

Dr Traude Beilharz

Monash Biomedicine Discovery Fellow & Research Group Leader
Biomedicine Discovery Institute and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Monash University, Melbourne


"Alternative Polyadenylation in the Regulation and Dysregulation of Gene Expression"

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20 April

Professor Mike Ryan

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University


 "Mitochondrial biogenesis: dynamic complexes for a dynamic organelle"

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13 April

Associate Professor Debbie Strickland

Team Leader, Experimental Immunology Research Group
Head of the Early Environment Research Focus Area
Head, SAGE Athena Swan Initiative
Telethon Kids Institute

"Immunology of pregnancy and immune development relevant to asthma"
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6 April

Associate Professor Ana Traven

Head of the Laboratory for fungal pathogenesis
Monash University


"Mechanisms of immune evasion by microbial pathogens"
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30 March

Dr Cecilia Prêle

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine
School of Biomedical Sciences,
University of Western Australia
Institute for Respiratory Health

 "Jak/STAT Mediated Regulation of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis"

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23 March

Professor Chng Wee Joo

Director, National University Cancer Institute
Deputy Director & Senior Principal Investigator,
Cancer Science Institute of Singapore

"Global genomic profiling in multiple myeloma"

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16 March
Professor David Mackey

Managing Director, Lions Eye Institute
Professor of Ophthalmology, UWA
Director, Centre for Ophthalmology & Visual Science 

"Inside or outside, what’s best for your eyes?" 

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9 March
Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos

Head, Cellular Orthopaedic Laboratory
School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Western Australia 

"Sorting-Out Protein Trafficking in Skeletal Disease"

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2 March
Professor David Gresham 

Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
New York University

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16 February
Perkins Vacation Scholarship Student Seminars
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9 February
Prof Duanqing Pei 

Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences

"Cell Fate Decisions during Somatic Cell Reprogramming"
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2 February
Prof Matthew Brown & Prof Emma Duncan
"Leveraging Ethnicity to find Arthritis Genes" & "Genomics and Bone: Translating the genetics revolution into clinical practice”
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19 January Dr Michael Piper

ARC Future Fellow
The School of Biomedical Sciences
and the Queensland Brain Institute
The University of Queensland


"Transcriptional control of stem cell biology in development and disease"
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