Nadine Watson lecture takes place at Garvan

The 3rd Nadine Watson Lecture took place at Garvan on Friday. Professor Susan Clark, who heads Garvan’s Genomics and Epigenetics Division, was the Nadine Watson Lecturer.
Nadine Watson lecture takes place at Garvan

Prof Mark Febbraio and Prof Susan Clark

07 December 2015

The 3rd Nadine Watson Lecture took place at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research on Friday. Professor Susan Clark, who heads Garvan’s Genomics and Epigenetics Division and is internationally recognised for her work in cancer epigenomics, was the Nadine Watson Lecturer. Prof Clark spoke on the topic, “The epigenome: what can it tell us about a cancer cell?"

The Lecture commemorates Nadine Watson, who managed the laboratory of Professor Mark Febbraio (head of Garvan’s Diabetes and Metabolism Division) for ten years, spanning his time at RMIT University and subsequently at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute (both in Melbourne).

Sadly, Nadine lost her battle with breast cancer in 2012. To honour her, Prof Febbraio and his laboratory established a lectureship in her name at the Baker IDI Institute. When Prof Febbraio took up his position at Garvan in 2015, he elected to continue the lectureship at Garvan. 

Prof Febbraio says, “Nadine was a very much loved member of our laboratory [the Cellular and Molecular Metabolism laboratory] at both RMIT and Baker IDI. For that reason, we felt it was appropriate to maintain the association of the Lectureship with my laboratory, and to bring it to Garvan so that we could continue to honour her memory here.”

The Nadine Watson Lectureship is awarded annually to an outstanding female medical researcher (either within Australia or overseas). The 2013 Nadine Watson Lecturer was Professor Bente Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) and the 2014 Nadine Watson Lecturer was Professor Jane Visvader from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne).