10th Melbourne Cell & Developmental Biology Meeting

9:00 am - 5:00 pm October 27th
Kenneth Myer Building
University of Melbourne

The 2017 ANZSCDB Melbourne Cell and Developmental Biology meeting will celebrate its 10th anniversary in style on October 27th at the University of Melbourne. Featuring plenary lectures by ARMI Director, Professor Peter Currie, and Head of Stem Cells Australia, Professor Melissa Little, this one day program will include short talks and posters selected from abstracts on cell and developmental biology, imaging, organoids, stem cell differentiation, and more. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. You can also keep the conversations going by joining us at Naughton’s Parkville Hotel, following the meeting.

Registration now open!


Registration and abstract submission

‚ÄčRegistration and abstract submission through Eventbrite. Abstract submission will be open until September 29th 2017

Please register your attendance and dietary preferences whether or not you intend to present.

Abstracts: If you would like to present your work please prepare an abstract in less than 250 words (excluding title) prior to starting the registration process. You will be asked to indicate whether you prefer your abstract to be considered for an oral and/or poster presentation, and to indicate your career stage/stream. We aim to deliver a gender-balanced program including people from different career stages and Institutes in Victoria and welcome poster submissions from Research Assistants.  Lively poster sessions have been a highlight of this meeting in the past.

Posters should be less than 180cm high and 90 cm wide. A0 size will work.

Map showing location of the Kenneth Myer Building (aka Neuroscience Building or Melbourne Brain Centre): building on map shown as Dax Centre.

Plenary speakers

Photo of Professor Peter Currie
Professor Peter Currie
Director Australian Regenerative
Medicine Institute
Monash University

Professor Peter D Currie

Professor Peter D Currie is Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD in Drosophila genetics from Syracuse University, New York and undertook postdoctoral training in zebrafish development in London. He led independent laboratories at the UK Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney. His research focuses on skeletal muscle development and regeneration in zebrafish.


photo of Professor Melissa Little
Professor Melissa Little
Theme Director of Cell Biology
Murdoch Childrens
Research Institute

Professor Melissa Little

Professor Melissa Little is the Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, University of Melbourne and President of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research. She is internationally recognised for her work on the systems biology of kidney development and also her pioneering studies into potential regenerative therapies for kidney disease. This has resulted in the identification of factors capable of reprogramming to kidney and protocols for the directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to kidney organoids.



The program this year will feature 4 sessions of short talks which have been selected from submitted abstracts, with engaging poster sessions during breaks.

Draft Program

8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10:45 am Session 1 (3 short talks and plenary by Peter Currie)
10:45-11:15 am Morning Tea and Posters
11:15 am-12:30 pm Session 2 (4 short talks)
12:30-1:45 pm Lunch and Posters
1:45-3:30 pm Session 3 (3 short talks and plenary by Melissa Little)
3:30-4:00 pm Afternoon Tea and Posters
4:00-5:00 pm Session4 (4 short talks)
5:00-5:15 pm Announcement of Prizes and Close
5:15-6:30 pm Social drinks (Naughton’s Parkville Hotel, 43 Royal Parade, Parkville)

Organising committee

MCDB10 has been organised by:

Alexander Combes

Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Sebastian Dworkin

Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology, ‚ÄčLa Trobe University

Cristina Keightley

Australian Regenerative medicine Institute, Monash University

Benjamin Rollo

The Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne