2013 Leaders in Science Seminars

18 March
Professor David Vaux
Deputy Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
“Ten rules for the presentation and interpretation of data in publications” & "Are we there yet? 25 years studying the mechanisms of cell death"

15 April
A/Professor Robert Brink
Head, Immunological Diseases Division, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“In vivo analysis of B lymphocyte function: windows into immune protection and disease”

22 April
Professor Carol Pollock
Professor of Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney
“Diabetic Nephropathy – Kolling Institute Perspective”

29 April
Professor Mike Rogers
Head, Bone Therapeutics Group, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Moulds, mevalonate and myeloid cells: unravelling the actions of blockbuster drugs for bone diseases”

13 May
Professor Sue Clark
Acting Director, Cancer Division and Head, Epigenetics Research Group
“What is lurking beneath the cancer epigenome?”

26 May
A/Professor Shane Grey
Head, Transplantation & Immunology, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Tissue factors drive inflammation and inflammatory disease”

27 May
Professor Vanessa Hayes
Head, Human Comparative Genomics Group, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“We are all African - Tracing Modern Human History Through our DNA Code”

3 June
Professor Bryan Gaensler
Australian Laureate Fellow / Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, Sydney Institute for Astronomy
“Magnets in the Sky”

17 June
A/Professor Greg Cooney
Principal Research Fellow, Diabetes and Obesity Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Energy Metabolism and Obesity - the Base of the Iceberg for Multiple Diseases”

24 June
Professor Wolf B. Frommer
Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford University
“Identification of a new class of sugar transporters using fluorescent biosensors”

25 June
Dr David Bentley
Vice President and Chief Scientist of DNA Sequencing at Illumina, Inc
“Genomes for Medicine”

5 August
Professor Peter Gunning
Associate Dean (Research), UNSW Medicine / Editor-In-Chief, BioArchitecture / President, ASBMB / Head, Oncology Research Unit, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW
“Functional diversity of the actin cytoskeleton as the basis for new therapeutics”

12 August
Dr Greg Neely
Functional Genomics Group, Neuroscience Program, The Garvan Institute
“Functional genomic approaches to study major human diseases and lifespan”

19 August
Professor William Stanley
Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Physiology / Heart & Circulation Discipline of Physiology, University of Sydney
“Dietary Fat & Heart Failure – Moving from Lipotoxicity to Lipoprotection”

2 September
Professor Carola G. Vinuesa
Head, Department of Pathogens and Immunity, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, The Australian National University
“Molecular etiology of systemic autoimmunity in mice and humans”

9 September
Professor John Mattick AO FAA FRCPA
Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research / Conjoint Professor in the St Vincent's Clinical School and Visiting Professorial Fellow, School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Science, University of New South Wales
“The hidden layer of RNA regulation in human development”

16 September
Professor John E. J. Rasko AO
Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Head, Gene and Stem Cell Therapy Program, Centenary Institute, Head of Department, Cell & Molecular Therapies, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
“Gene expression in blood cells: having your trifle and eating it too!”

23 September
Professor Peter Croucher
Director, Osteoporosis & Bone Biology Research Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Cancers and the skeleton: A critical role for the environment”

14 October
A/Professor Natalie Sims
Bone Cell Biology and Disease Unit, Associate Director St Vincent's Institute, The University of Melbourne
“IL-6 family cytokines in bone formation and resorption”

21 October
A/Professor Cecile King
Immunology Division, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“The immunobiology of Interleukin-21 in immunity and autoimmunity”

28 October
Professor James McCluskey BMedSci, MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, FAA
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Melbourne
“HLA-association with disease is illuminated by drugs”

4 November
A/Professor Antony Cooper
Neurodegeneration & Neurogenomics Program, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Unravelling the complexities of Parkinson's disease”

11 November
Professor Peter C Doherty
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne Medical School
“The Killer Defence”

25 November
A/Professor Frederic Meunier
Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland
“New horizons in vesicular trafficking research”

2 December
Professor Henk Stunnenberg
Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS), Radboud University, The Netherlands
“Functional insights from epigenome profiling in health and disease”

9 December
Dr Rohit Kulkarni
Senior Investigator, Islet Cell and Regenerative Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center / Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
“Using induced pluripotent stem cells for investigating diabetes pathophysiology”