27th September 2019

27th St Vincent’s Campus Research Symposium

"Transforming Healthcare"

8:30-9:30 am


8:00-11:00 am

Coffee cart: Sponsored by Madderns

9:30-10:30 am

Session 1 – Research Strengths & Strategic Direction

9:30-9:45 am

MC: Prof Terry Campbell, AMR
Opening & welcome: Prof Chris Goodnow, Garvan

9:45-10:30 am

KEYNOTE: Prof Vlado Perkovic, incoming Dean of Medicine UNSW

10:30-11:00 am

Morning tea

11am-12:30 pm

Session 2 – Benchtop to Bedside Cardiovascular Research


Moderator: Prof Chris Hayward

11-11:10 am

Prof Chris Hayward – introduction & background on the direction of CV research

11:10-11:30 am

Prof Diane Fatkin – Bedside to Bench and back again in dilated cardiomyopathy

11:30-11:50 am

Prof Peter Macdonald – Restarting the heart – straight out of the box!

11:50-12:10 pm

Prof David McGiffin – Rethinking old problems in cardiac surgery – drivelines and perfusion

12.10-12.30 pm

Prof Chris Hayward – Artificial hearts – what about the patient?

12:30-2:00 pm


1:00-2:00 pm

Poster Session.

2:00-3:30 pm

Session 3 - Benchtop to Bedside Cancer Research


Moderator: Prof Anthony Joshua

2:00-2:10 pm

Prof. Anthony Joshua - Introductory Remarks

2:10-2:30 pm

Dr Louise Emmett - “Advances in Theranostics – the next treatment frontier”

2:30-2:50 pm

Dr James Thompson – “Improving both oncologic and functional outcomes in prostate cancer via innovations in imaging, robotics and biomarkers”

2:50-3:10 pm

Dr David Bishop – “CAR-T cells - where to next?”

3:10-3:30 pm

Dr Barbara Withers – “Bone Marrow transplant for Autoimmune disease – Creating a centre of excellence at St Vincents”

3:30-4 pm

Afternoon tea

4-5 pm

Session 4 - Fast Forward Presentations

4:00-4:04 pm

Varda Sardesai: The Kynurenine pathway of tryptophan metabolism is induced by interferon-gamma in human adipose stem cells

4:04-4:08 pm

Mitchell Starr: Evaluation of dried blood spot HCV RNA testing from venepuncture collected and finger-stick whole blood samples: findings from the Liverlife study Australia

4:08-4:12 pm

Bonnie Lai: The acceptability of a gut microbiome dietary intervention and its impact on body weight and body composition in newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes mellitus

4:12-4:16 pm

Oliver Skinner: New Mvk mutant mouse models of the autoinflammatory disease mevalonate kinase deficiency reveal temperature-sensitive defects in protein prenylation

4:16-4:20 pm

Amali Mallawaarachchi: Clinical Whole Genome Sequencing enables diagnostic certainty in Polycystic Kidney Disease

4:20-4:24 pm

Dr Malini Visweswaran: Polychromatic flow cytometric panel to investigate immune reconstitution following autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in autoimmune disease patients

4:24-4:28 pm

Eddie Ip: ddv-trio: a DeepVariant-based trio variant calling pipeline

4:28-4:32 pm

Marija Simic: Targeting DKK1 and LRP6 prevents myeloma-induced bone disease

4:32-4:36 pm

Alexander Corr: Single-Cell Ligand-Receptor Mapping of the Endosteal Bone Niche Identifies Regulators of Tumour Cell Dormancy

4:36-4:40 pm

Hannah Law: T Follicular Helper (Tfh) cell dynamics in response to influenza vaccination

4:40-4:44 pm

Etienne Masle-Farquhar: Germline STAT3-activating mutations from autoimmunity and leukemia drastically expand CD8 T cells that can be depleted by targeted therapies

4:44-4:48 pm

Kirston Barton: Defining a Cure for HIV

4:50-5 pm

Close: Prof Bob Graham, Victor Chang

5-7 pm

Drinks and reception, In the Garvan Galleria