At the Frontier of Tomorrow's Medicine
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Victorian State Library
179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Join us at this FREE event to hear how Australian stem cell scientists are shaping tomorrow’s medicine. This is a unique opportunity to have your questions about stem cell science answered by the experts and to learn more about what the future may hold as these discoveries move towards clinical translation.
The event will be opened by Professor Melissa Little, leader of Stem Cells Australia, an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.
Doors open from 4:30pm - come early to meet our researchers and explore the Stem Cells Australia photography exhibition.
Professor Melissa Little – Program Leader, Stem Cells Australia
Under the leadership of Program Leader Professor Melissa Little and Deputy Program Leader Professor Christine Wells, the initiative transitioned from investigating fundamental knowledge of stem cells towards harnessing this knowledge into innovative diagnostic, biotechnological and therapeutic applications.
Associate Professor Megan Munsie - University of Melbourne
Megan is an internationally recognised leader in public education and community engagement in stem cell science. She made major contributions to Australian guidelines on the ethical use of stem cells.
Associate Professor Enzo Porrello – Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Enzo was recently awarded the 2018 Metcalf Prize for his research using stem cells to develop novel strategies for regeneration of heart tissue following injury.
Professor Stephanie Watson – University of Sydney
Stephanie focusses on innovative solutions to restore sight from and promote eye health in corneal disease whilst training the next generation of eye experts - clinicians and scientists.
Professor Christine Wells – University of Melbourne
Christine is a data scientist who studies the behaviour of stem cells. By understanding the genes control stem cells, her research is developing design strategies to create new types of cells, with new functions.
Professor Ernst Wolvetang – University of Queensland
Ernst uses stem cells to model brain and ageing diseases in a dish. These models are used to determine the causes of disease, develop diagnostic tools and to test potential treatments.
Professor Trevor Kilpatrick (Moderator) – Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and University of Melbourne
Trevor is an internationally recognized neuroscience researcher who is interested the neurobiology of Multiple Sclerosis. He is also involved with the translation of basic research discoveries to the clinic.