Perkins Seminar: Professor Terrance Johns

Event Date and Time:
Thursday 15th August, 2019 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Venue:
McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Nedlands

After completing a PhD in 1993 in the Department of Biochemistry at Monash University, Professor Johns joined La Trobe University’s Neuroimmunology Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow. During this time, he helped develop a new model of multiple sclerosis that remains in use around the world today. In 1998, Professor Johns commenced as a Research Fellow at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, where he went on to establish the Oncogenic Signalling Laboratory.

During his time as Research Fellow, Professor Johns played a key role in the development of mAb 806 (now known as ABT-414), a novel antibody that targets the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and is currently in Phase 3 clinical trials for brain cancer.

Professor Johns moved his Oncogenic Signalling Laboratory to the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in 2008, where he continued working on new therapies for brain cancer. In 2017, he was appointed Head of the Telethon Kids Institute Cancer Centre, in Perth. His laboratory continues to analyse the key signalling pathways associated with the growth of glioma, an aggressive and generally lethal type of brain cancer and to guide the development of new drugs and therapeutic antibodies.

Professor Johns has had key roles in many clinical trials, including the Australian CABARET trial for patients with recurrent high-grade glioma. Recently, he extended his expertise in cancer therapy to developing new treatments for ectopic pregnancy, which is now in a Phase 3 clinical trial.

Professor Johns has worked very hard to bring the Australian brain cancer research community together and accelerate the process of drug translation. In 2012, he founded the Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative, an Australia-wide consortium of researchers and clinicians dedicated to ensuring that promising therapeutic discoveries are efficiently translated into the clinic for the treatment of patients with brain cancer.

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