Heart regeneration, restoring eyesight, improving kidney function, and understanding the ageing brain: ask your questions at a free public forum
How are Australian stem cell scientists shaping tomorrow’s medicine?
Melbourne event: At the Frontier of Tomorrow’s Medicine
When: 5:30 pm – 7:00pm, Tuesday 19 March
Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Can stem cells treat corneal disease and other forms of blindness? Could they heal damaged hearts, or create heart muscle patches to help pump blood? How can big biological data be used to create new types of cells? What will regenerative medicine deliver in the next few years? And what are the ethics we need to consider?
Our friends at Stem Cells Australia are holding a public event to allow the community a way to tap into the knowledge and expertise gained through the eight years of this Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative.
This is a unique opportunity to have your questions about stem cell science answered by the experts and to learn more about what the future may hold as these discoveries move towards clinical translation.
Professor Melissa Little (Program Leader, Stem Cells Australia), who has led the Initiative’s shift from investigating fundamental knowledge of stem cells towards harnessing this knowledge for clinical applications.
Associate Professor Megan Munsie (University of Melbourne), an internationally-recognised leader in public education and community engagement in stem cell science. She made major contributions to Australian guidelines on the ethical use of stem cells.
Associate Professor Enzo Porrello (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), a developmental biologist who won a 2018 Metcalf Prize for his research using stem cells to develop new ways to regenerate heart tissue following injury.
Professor Stephanie Watson (University of Sydney), a researcher and clinician who has led clinical trials that have already restored the eyesight of patients with a form of blindness caused by limbal stem cell deficiency.
Professor Christine Wells (University of Melbourne), a data scientist who studies the behaviour of stem cells, and a 2015 Metcalf Prize winner. By understanding the genes that control stem cells, her research is developing design strategies to create new types of cells, with new functions.
Professor Ernst Wolvetang (University of Queensland), who uses stem cells to model brain and ageing diseases in a dish. These models are used to determine the causes of disease, develop diagnostic tools and to test potential treatments.
Moderator: Professor Trevor Kilpatrick (Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and University of Melbourne), an internationally recognised neuroscience researcher who is interested the neurobiology of Multiple Sclerosis.
Doors open from 4:30pm. People can come early, explore a stem cell photography exhibition and meet the researchers.
For more information and to register, visit the forum’s Eventbrite page.