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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Leaders in Science and Society seminars program

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. 

Seth Grant9 October
Professor Seth Grant
Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Edinburgh University

Jillian Skinner16 October
Hon Jillian Skinner

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Professor Peter Jones
VARI Chief Scientific Officer, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Epigenetics

Simon Chapman30 October
Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman
Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

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Professor James Wisstock

Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, Scientific Head, EMBL Australia, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Monash University

Peter Croucher27 November
Professor Peter Croucher

Division Head - Bone Biology, Garvan Institute

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Professor Sharon Lewin (Nadine Watson Lecture)
Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne


Past events

Mark Chee23 January
Dr Mark Chee
Chief Executive Officer, Prognosys Biosciences
“A perspective on Genomics Technologies”

Greg Gibson9 February
Professor Greg Gibson
Professor of Integrative Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology
“Transcriptomics for Personalised Medicine”

Bruce Stillman

20 February
Professor Bruce Stillman
President, Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, USA
“The Origin Recognition Complex and Chromosome Duplication: Structure, Function and Human Genetics”

Dinshaw J Patel27 February
Dr Dinshaw J Patel
Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair in Experimental Therapeutics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center USA
“Structural Biology of RNA-mediated Gene Regulation and cGAS-STING-mediated Immune Regulation”

Wieland Huttner6 March
Professor Wieland Huttner
Managing Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany 
“Neural stem and progenitor cells and neocortex expansion in development and evolution” 

Mark Smythe13 March
Professor Mark Smyth
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
“Immunotherapy – the fourth pillar of cancer treatment”

Ingrid Scheffer22 March
Professor Ingrid Scheffer
Epilepsy Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Brain Centre
“How Genomics is Transforming Epilepsy Care”

David Cooper27 March
Professor David Cooper
Director, The Kirby Institute, Sydney
“Antiretroviral therapy for HIV: 30 years in 30 minutes”

Thomas Barlow3 April
Mr Thomas Barlow
Barlow Advisory
“Australia’s Economy of Ideas - trends in scientific discovery during an age of uncertainty”

Matt Cooper10 April
Professor Matt Cooper
Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
“Infection and innate immunity: Follow the bugs to get to the drugs”

Glenn Marshall1 May 
Professor Glenn Marshall
Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital Sydney
“Individualising child cancer care”

Elissa Deenick8 May
Dr Elissa Deenick
Laboratory Head, Lymphocyte Signalling and Activation, Garvan Institute
“How to make an immune response just right: lessons learnt from mice and humans”

John Hopper29 May
Prof John Hopper
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and Director of Twins Research Australia, University of Melbourne
“Learning from the community: twin, family and volunteer resources for health and medical research”

Emad El-Omar5 June
Professor Emad El-Omar
Professor of Medicine/Editor in Chief, GUT, UNSW Sydney
“Role of the gut microbiome in health and disease”

David Thomas19 June
Professor David Thomas
Director - The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Division Head - Cancer, Garvan Institute
“Cancer: past, present and future”

Ada Yonath24 July
Professor Ada Yonath
Weizmann Institute of Science
“Next generation environmentally friendly antibiotics”

Mark Febbraio31 July
Professor Mark Febbraio
Division Head - Diabetes and Metabolism, Garvan Institute
“From Jock to Doc and back: Why exercise IS medicine!”

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Professor Robert Graham
Head of Cardiac Receptor Biology Laboratory, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
“Thyroid hormone: master regulator of growth, development and metabolism – a cardiac perspective”

Scott Watkins14 August
Dr Scott Watkins
KISCO, Pollinate Energy and parkrun Australia
“From Research to Social Enterprise and Industry: chemistry, solar panels, startups and Korea”

Adrian Liston21 August
Professor Adrian Liston
Professor of Translational Immunology, University of Leuven
"Shaping the human immune system"

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Mr Scott Farquahr
CEO, Atlassian
Fireside Chat with Scott Farquhar

Michelle Simmons4 September
Professor Michelle Simmons
Director, Centre for Quantum Computational & Communication Technology, UNSW Sydney
"The development of a silicon-based quantum computer"

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Professor Alan Cooper
Director, Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, University of Adelaide
"Prehistomics: Using Ancient Genomes, Epigenomes, and Microbiomes to study the evolutionary impacts of rapid environmental change" 

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Professor Aleksandra Filipovska

NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia School of Molecular Sciences and The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research