Confirmed International Speakers



A/Prof Leslie Biesecker - Chief, Medical Genetics & Metabolic Genetics Branch, National Institutes of Health, United States

Dr. Leslie Biesecker is a clinical and molecular geneticist and Chief of the Medical Genomics and Metabolic Branch at the Genome Institute at NIH. He uses genomics to study genetic disorders, publishing nearly 300 research articles, reviews, and chapters and has elucidated the molecular basis of more than 15 disorders. He is as an editor or board member for six biomedical journals, was a director of the American Society of Human Genetics, an advisor to Illumina Corporation, and an advisor for the World Trade Center victim identification effort. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine and has been nominated to the presidency of the American Society of Human Genetics for 2019.


Prof Fowzan Alkuraya - Saudi Human Genome Project and Head, Development Genetics Unit, King Fasial Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Saudi Arabia

Fowzan Alkuraya is a Professor of Human Genetics at Alfaisal University and a Senior Consultant and Principal Clinical Scientist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center. He graduated with first class honor and was the valedictorian of his class at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He did his pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital, followed by a fellowship in clinical genetics and another in molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. He also did a postdoctoral research fellowship in the area of developmental genetics in the lab of Prof. Richard Maas at Harvard Medical School. He returned to his native Saudi Arabia to establish the Developmental Genetics Lab, and later the Mendelian Genomics Program at KFSHRC. He is an authority in the area of Mendelian genetics with more than 300 published manuscripts that describe his lab’s discovery of hundreds of novel disease genes in humans. He is a frequently invited speaker at local, regional and international conferences, on the editorial board of prominent human genetics journals, and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including William King Bowes Award in Medical Genetics and King Salman Award for Disability Research.



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Confirmed National Speakers


Prof Hamish Scott
Head, Department of Genetics and Molecular Pathology
Director, Centre of Cancer Biology ACRF Cancer Genome Facility at SA Pathology

A/Prof Paul James
Director, Parkville Familial Cancer Centre at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital 

Dr Brandeis McBratney-Owen
Functional Genomics Project Officer, Australian Genomics Health Alliance at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Dr Mark Davis
Senior Scientist in Charge (Neurogenetics), Department of Diagnostic Genomics, PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA

Prof Chris Semsarian
Cardiologist and Researcher, University of Sydney

Dr Andrew Mallett
Nephrologist, QLD Renal Genetics Service, RBWH
National Director, KidGen Collaborative, AGHA Renal Genetics Flagship

Prof David Amor
Pamela and Lorenzo Galli Chair of Developmental Medicine

A/Prof Marcel Dinger 
CEO, Genome.One
Head, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics

Mary-Anne Young
Consultant Genetic Counsellor
Head Clinical Service Development, Genome.One 

Dr Sebastian Lunke
Head of Translational Genomics Unit, Victorian Clincal Genetics Services (VCGS) 

Elly Lynch
Clinical Project Manager, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance

A/Prof Ainsley Newson
Associate Professor of Bioethics, Sydney Health Ethics, Sydney School of Public Health

Prof Nigel Laing
NH&MRC Principal Research Fellow
Laboratory Head, Neurogenetic Diseases Group, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, University of Western Australia
Scientific Director, Neurogenetics Unit, PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Western Australian Department of Health

Prof John Christodoulou
Director, Genetics Research Theme and Head, Neurodevelopmental Genomics Research Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Chair of Genomic Medicine, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne

A/Prof Clara Gaff
Executive Director, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance

Dr Katherine Howell
Paediatric Neurologist, Clinician-Scientist Fellow, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Ivan Macciocca
Principal Genetic Counsellor, Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Dr Melanie Wong
Co-Head, Head of Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

A/Prof Meredith Wilson
Head of Department, Clinical Genetics at The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Prof Carolyn Sue
Director of Neurogenetics, Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital

Dr Leslie Burnett
Chief Medical Officer, Genome.One

A/Prof Julie McGaughran
Director, Genetic Health Queensland

Kate Dunlop
Director, Centre for Genetics Education NSW Health

Dr Cliff Meldrum
Director Genomics, NSW Health Pathology

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