International Women's Day 2019: 'My Brilliant Career'

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Ian Potter Auditorium Kenneth Myer Building 30 Royal Parade University of Melbourne Parkville VIC 3052


UPDATE: 🔊 Podcast from the event now available

On the eve of International Women's Day hear from our panel of female leaders in biomedicine.

Learn from their journey, advice and lessons.

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Advancement of women in medical research remains a challenge. But opportunities to explore the complexities of human health, continue research momentum and access funding are reaching new frontiers for women in science.

Want to know how?

The School of Biomedical Sciences has assembled a panel of highly accomplished and diverse female leaders who will:

  • Share their journey in biomedicine,
  • Provide advice to younger generations interested in professional healthcare and
  • Discuss the lessons that have enabled them to be successful.



Dr Andrea Douglas

Senior Vice President, Organisation Transformation and External Affairs, CSL Limited and Director of AusBiotech, BioCurate and Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Andrea leads CSL's Organisation Transformation Office, which integrates and drives major organisational design changes. Before joining CSL, she was the CEO of Gene CRC. Andrea has a PhD in Forensic Medicine, Masters in Health Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Professor Kathryn North AC

Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne alumna and global leader in Genomic medicine, Kathryn was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2019. This recognised her service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research, paediatrics and child health as a clinician and academic.

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Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO

Paediatric neurologist and Professor at the University of Melbourne, Austin Health and The Royal Children's Hospital

A physician-scientist, Ingrid has been a leader in the field of epilepsy genetics for more than 20 years. The University of Melbourne alumna was awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for 2012 and received the Order of Australia in 2014.

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Professor Kanta Subbarao

Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Doherty Institute and Professor at the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne

Kanta is a virologist and a physician with speciality training in paediatrics and paediatric infectious diseases. Her research focuses on newly emerging viral diseases of global importance including pandemic influenza, severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

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Associate Professor Megan Munsie

Deputy Director of the Centre for Stem Cell Systems, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Melbourne

Also Head of Engagement, Ethics & Policy Program at Stem Cells Australia, Megan has combined her extensive technical expertise in stem cell science with an interest in the complex ethical, social and regulatory issues associated with stem cells in research and in the clinic.

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Presented by

Professor Fabienne Mackay

Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

Fabienne's work in biomedical sciences resulted in the first new treatment for lupus disease in over 50 years. She was appointed the inaugural head of school in 2015 with a vision to create an innovative and inclusive environment where new generations of biomedical researchers can realise their dream of advancing human health.

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Panel discussion followed by drinks, nibbles and networking.

This is a free public event.

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