Attending the Seminars

Leaders in Science and Society seminars run from 12-1pm in our auditorium, and are attended by staff and students from Garvan and the wider St Vincent’s Hospital research precinct. 

External staff and students – as well as members of the public with an interest in medical science – are welcome to attend the seminars.

Leaders in Science and Society Seminars

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Our Leaders in Science and Society seminars program features renowned Australian and international specialists from a variety of organisations. The seminars are intended to engage, educate and inspire our researchers. 

2016 Leaders in Science and Society Speakers:

Yoshihide Hayashizaki22 February
Prof Yoshihide Hayashizaki
Director, Omics Science Center, RIKEN
“The recent progress of FANTOM omics, and its application to health care” 

Peter Beattie7 March
Hon. Dr Peter Beattie AC
Former Queensland Premier
“Where to from here Australia?”

Charles Curran21 March
Mr Charles Curran AC
“Reflections on economic and political developments in Australia over the last 50 years”

Anne Kelso4 April         
Prof Anne Kelso AO 
Chief Executive Officer, NHMRC 
“NHMRC’s agenda in 2016”

Roberto Weigert11 April       
Dr Roberto Weigert
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
“Molecular Mechanism of Membrane remodeling in Live Animals by Subcellular Intravital Microscopy”

Angel Lopez18 April       
Prof Angel Lopez
Director, Centre for Cancer Biology, SA Pathology and University of South Australia
“Signalling by the βc family of cytokines” 

David Thodey2 May
David Thodey
“Leadership and Innovation in Scientific Research and Business are necessary – but is it the same?”

Peter Visscher9 May
Prof Peter Visscher
Co-Director, The Centre for Neurogenetics and Statistical Genomics Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
“The nature of genetic variation underlying complex traits and common disease”

Anthony Joshua23 May        
Dr Anthony Joshua  Research profile 
Director of Oncology, Garvan Institute / St Vincent's Hospital Sydney
“What can Medicine learn from the Airline Industry? Safety at 36000ft”

Richard Gibbs30 May
Prof Richard Gibbs AC
Director, Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Centre
“Precision Medical Research”

Vivien Bonazzi31 May
Dr Vivien Bonazzi
Senior Advisor for Data Science Technologies & Innovation Office for the Associate Director for Data Science National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA
“The Data Commons – Changing the landscape for sharing and analysing large scale biomedical data” 

Pru Goward9 June
Minister Pru Goward
Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Assistant Minister for Health, Minister for Women, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Louisa Jorm

27 June
Prof Louisa Jorm
Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Australia
“Big data, small populations: unpacking health inequalities using linked data”

Christina Mitchell1 August
Prof Christina Mitchell
Academic Vice-President and Dean, Faculty of Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University   
“Regulation of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling by Phosphoinositide Phosphatases” 

Bill Ferris8 August        
Mr Bill Ferris AC
Veteran of venture capital and private equity in Australia, Chair of Garvan Board from 2001-2013, and recently appointed Chair of Innovation and Science Australia
“Innovation and Science in a future Australia… so what for the Garvan?”

Jorge Ferrer22 August (part of our diabetes symposium: 'Recent Advances in Metabolic Diseases')
Prof Jorge Ferrer
Chair in Genetics and Medicine, Head of the Section of Epigenomics and Disease, Imperial College London
“Non-coding genome function in pancreatic islets” 

Paul Boutros29 August
Dr Paul Boutros
Principal Investigator, Informatics & Biocomputing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
“The Three Genomes of Cancer”

Peter Gluckman2 September
Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ KNZM FRSNZ FMedSci FRS
Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
“Policy-making is messy – can science make it any cleaner?”

Anna Bligh5 September 
Ms Anna Bligh
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA NSW

Georgia Chenevix-Trench19 September
Prof Georgia Chenevix-Trench
Senior Scientist, Cancer Genetics, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
“The Post GWAS Challenge: 188 breast cancer susceptibility loci and still counting”

Markus Elsner26 September
Dr Markus Elsner
Research Editor, Nature Biotechnology
“Publishing in Nature Journals” 

Kate Schroder10 October
Dr Kate Schroder
Deputy Director, IMB Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Queensland
“Inflammation control by inflammasomes”

Katharina Gaus24 October
Scientia Prof Katharina Gaus
EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science, ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, UNSW Australia
“T cell receptor clustering - a new model of signal transduction”

Alan Finkel 3 November
Dr Alan Finkel AO
Australia’s Chief Scientist

Gail Risbridger14 November 
Prof Gail Risbridger
Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, Monash University

Helen Christensen21 November
Prof Helen Christensen
Director and Chief Scientist, Black Dog Institute

Elizabeth Harry28 November
Prof Elizabeth Harry
Director, i3 Institute, UTS

Tim Costello5 December
Mr Tim Costello
CEO World Vision Australia