KCCG has held a showcase and worked with staff across Garvan to run interactive teacher professional development.

Dr Joanne Reed (Group Leader, Rheumatology and Autoimmunity) demonstrates flow cytometry for year 12 biology teachers.

09 January 2019


KCCG held their 9th capabilities showcase on 1 November. Dr Sarah Kummerfeld and Mary-Anne Young welcomed attendees to the last showcase for 2018 as the new heads of KCCG.  

Dr Kirston Barton, from the Genomic Technologies team, spoke about  applying new technologies to improve speed and cost of genetic testing. Dr John Grady, from the Tumour Genomics team, gave an overview of how they have engineered efficiency in personalised cancer treatment in the Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST) program. Mary-Anne Young spoke on enabling evidence-based disclosure of genetic findings to patients.

Teacher Professional Development

KCCG’s Education and Communication program teamed up with the Garvan Research Foundation to run Teacher Professional Development days on 15 and 16 November on ‘Genes, disease and the future of health’.

The teachers toured laboratories across Garvan and heard talks from Prof Jacqueline Center (Lab Head, Clinical Studies and Epidemiology),  Dr Dorit Samocha-Bonet (Group Leader, Clinical Insulin Resistance), Dr Michael Muniak (Group Leader, Brain Circuits for Hearing), Prof Vanessa Hayes (Lab Head, Human Comparative and Prostate Cancer Genomics), Etienne Masle-Farquhar (PhD Student, Immunogenomics) and Dr Mark Pinese (Senior Research Officer, Genomic Cancer Medicine).

Bronwyn Terrill and Lauren McKnight from the Education and Communication program conducted workshops on concepts, resources and strategies for teaching genetics, genomics and genetic medicine in HSC biology.

The days received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teachers, “Thanks for the wonderful experience at Garvan, I definitely feel much better equipped to teach the next section of the syllabus.”

Another commented “Thank you for the most interesting and informative professional learning I have completed in a long, long time... to hear from those in current research and tour the facilities was invaluable.”