Imagine, Collaborate, Translate: research symposium celebrates a quarter-century

The St Vincent's Campus Research Symposium is marking its 25th anniversary with high-impact speakers and an emphasis on engagement and on early-career researchers.
Media Release: 14 September 2017

The St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney Campus, in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, is holding its 25th annual Campus-wide Research Symposium.

One of the largest clusters of medical research expertise in NSW, the St Vincent’s Campus includes three leading research institutes – the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research.

Talks and research posters presented at the two-day Symposium will highlight the depth and breadth of medical research and clinical investigation across the Campus, and will address diseases including congenital heart disease, diabetes (types 1 and 2), cancer, auto-inflammatory diseases, autoimmune disease, osteoporosis and stroke. The research presented will also focus on key issues and opportunities in healthcare and medical research, such as resistance to chemotherapy, immunotherapy, rehabilitation and health apps.

Dr Samantha Oakes (Cancer Division, Garvan) is chairing the Research Symposium Committee. She says, “We’re thrilled with the diversity of research that will be showcased at this year’s Symposium. The St Vincent’s Campus is a remarkable constellation of research institutes – and a symposium like this is a unique opportunity to share ideas, spark new thinking and bring together like-minded researchers, clinicians and caregivers.

“We’ve designed the program to make it easy as possible to hear from researchers from right across the Campus – and we’ve built in ample opportunity to engage, network and discuss. We encourage attendees from the Campus and beyond to interact, digest and enjoy.”

Professor Terry Campbell, St Vincent’s Director of Research says, “Ultimately, the Symposium is about bringing people together. Across the St Vincent’s Campus, we share a common goal of improving treatments, management strategies and outcomes for those in need. The more closely we work together, the better placed we are to drive real change.”

The Symposium will culminate in a panel discussion entitled “Precision medicine: where to now for Australia?”.The panel, which features visionary medical research leaders from Victoria and NSW, will explore the big questions for precision medicine as it becomes a reality in Australia – the successes so far, the risks and costs, and impacts on research and clinical strategy. Panellists include Prof David Thomas (chair), Dr Mandy Ballinger (Garvan), Prof Don Chisholm AO (Garvan), Prof Doug Hilton AO (Walter and Eliza Hall Insitute of Medical Research), Prof John Mattick AO (Garvan) and Prof Kathryn North AM (Murdoch Children's Research Institute). 

The panel discussion will be followed by an evening function hosted by Dr Renee Lim (a medical doctor, actor and presenter; ABC’s Ask the Doctor, Please Like Me).