2014 Leaders in Science Seminars

31 March
Professor Stephen Simpson
Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Sydney
“Getting the balance right: the geometry of longevity and metabolic health”

17 March
Professor Josef Penninger
Scientific Director of IMBA Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria
“From model organisms to new medicines”

14 April
Professor Hung Nguyen
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney
“A less traumatic approach: non-invasive medical devices”

17 April
Professor Eric Miska
Herchel Smith Chair of Molecular Genetics/Senior Group Leader, The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge
“Transgenerational epigenetic memories”

19 May
Professor Simon Easteal
Director, National Centre for Indigenous Genomics, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University
“The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics (NCIG): Research engagement with the First Australians”

16 June
Dr Paul Baldock
Laboratory Head, Skeletal Metabolism, Bone Biology Division, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Why bone is more than just a stick to hold you up”

23 June
Dr Alyson Ashe
DECRA Fellow, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney
“Transgenerational memory in C. elegans”

25 June
Profs Joe Howard & Karla Neugebauer
from Yale University present
“From Motor Proteins to Morphogenesis” & “Nuclear bodies: RNA-rich powerhouses of the cell”

7 July
Professor Kathryn North AM
Director, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital
“The Genomics Revolution – a Personal, National & Global Perspective”

14 July
Professor Ralph Küppers
Institute of Cell Biology (Cancer Research), Faculty of Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen
“Generation & function of human memory B cells & aspects of CLL pathogenesis”

21 July
Professor Anthony Hannan
Head, Neural Plasticity, ARC Future Fellow (FT3) / Honorary NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne
“Gene environment interactions mediating experience-dependent plasticity in the healthy & diseased brain”

22 July
Professor Paul Davies (Arizona State University) & A/Professor Charlie Lineweaver (ANU) present
“The atavistic theory of cancer: implications for therapy”

4 August
A/Professor Clare Scott
Cancer Council Victoria Sir Edward Dunlop Research Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research / Medical Oncologist, Royal Melbourne Hospital
“Using patient-derived xenografts to improve drug targeting in high grade serious ovarian cancer”

11 August
Professor Andreas Strasser
Senior Principal Research Fellow, Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
“How does p53 actually protect us from developing cancer?”

25 August
A/Professor Stuart Tangye
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Immunology Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
“Molecular regulation of human immune responses”

1 September
Professor Geoffrey Lindeman
Joint Head, ACRF Stem Cells and Cancer Division/NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research / Medical Oncologist and Head, Familial Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital
“Exploring the mammary epithelial hierarchy and patientderived xenograft tumour models to get abreast of breast cancer”

9 September
Professor Bobby Gaspar MRCP(UK), MRCPCH
Professor of Paediatrics and Immunology, UCL Institute of Child Health / Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Immunology, Great Ormond Street Hospital
“Genetic basis of SCID, newborn screening and correction by gene therapy”

15 September
Professor Peter Leedman
Director, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical, Research, WA; Laboratory Head, Laboratory for Cancer Medicine
“microRNAs, “replacement therapy” and cancer – how far have we come?”

22 September
Professor Jozef Gecz
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow/Professor of Human Genetics, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide at the Women's and Children's Hospital
“Making sense of DNA variation, genetics and neurobiology of epilepsy, intellectual disability and cerebral palsy”

26 September
Prof Sir John Gurdon
"Nuclear reprogramming and the possibility of cell replacement therapy”

29 September
Professor Frank Gannon
Director and CEO of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
“The Estrogen Receptor and me”

20 October
Dr Belinda Parker
Senior Research Fellow / ARC Future Fellow, Head of the Cancer Microenvironment Laboratory, Faculty of Science, Technology & Engineering, La Trobe University
“Using immunocompetent models to uncover metastasis biomarkers and therapeutic targets”

27 October
Professor Peter Klinken
Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
“A model for red blood cell production and lineage switching”

31 October
Professor Warren Leonard
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD
“Complex actions of transcription factors in mediating cytokine biology in T cells”

10 November
Dr Timothy Bredy
Cognitive Neuroepigenetics, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
“DNA modifications and adaptive behaviour”

17 November
Professor Mark Febbraio
Cellular & Molecular Metabolism Laboratory, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
“Heat shock protein 72: A Panacea for disease prevention?”

20 November
Professor Francisco X Real
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas, Madrid, Spain
“Bladder cancer and NGS: from plenty of challenges to plenty of opportunities”

24 November
Professor Andrew Brown
Head of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, The University of New South Wales
“Shaggy Tales of Cholesterol Metabolism”

8 December
Professor Maria Kavallaris
Head of the Tumour Biology and Targeting Program at the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia / Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine and ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Nano-Bio Science
and Technology, UNSW Australia
“Microtubules: tumourigenesis, metastasis and therapeutics”