2014 Symposium Presentations

New Alliances – Mindgardens and The Bright Alliance | 27 November 2014


  • Aunty Ali Golding, Inaugural Elder-in-Residence, UNSW Medicine - Welcome to Country
  • Mr Peter Joseph AM, Chairman, The Health-Science Alliance

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District's vision for the Health-Science Alliance

  • Mr Gerry Marr OBE: Chief Executive, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • Mr Michael Still: Chair, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Board: South Eastern Sydney Local Health District's vision for the Health-Science Alliance

Scientific Session: Bright Alliance

  • Associate Professor Claire Vajdic, Head, Adult Cancer Program UNSW: Genes or environment? What are the risk factors for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma subtypes?
  • Ms Nicki Meagher, Translational Cancer Research Network: Two years, fifteen hundred consents and counting. Integrating the HSA Biobank within routine practice
  • Associate Professor John Pimanda, Research Team Leader, Adult Cancer Program, UNSW: Blood cancer research in the era of genomics and stem cells
  • Professor Dame Valerie Beral (UK), Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Oxford , Cancer UK, Visiting Professor UNSW Medicine: Large-scale prospective epidemiological studies

Keynote address

  • Professor Stephen K Smith, Dean, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne: Academic health science centres as drivers of innovation

Scientific Session: Mindgardens and Neurodegeneration

  • Professor Lars Ittner, Professor of Medicine, School of Medical Science, UNSW and NeuRA: Genetic models of proteinopathies in understanding the cellular aspects of neurodegeneration
  • Professor James Colebatch, Head, Neurology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Professor of Medicine UNSW: Postural instability in Parkinson’s Disease
  • Associate Professor Antony Cooper, St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW, Senior Research Fellow, Garvan Institute, Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, UNSW: Neurogenomics applied to Parkinson’s Disease
  • Professor Jason Warren (UK), Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science Professor of Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist Dementia Research Centre, Institute of Neurology University College, London: The dementias as ‘molecular nexopathies’

Scientific Session:  Mindgardens and Mental Health

  • Professor Rhoshel Lenroot, Chair of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, UNSW School of Psychiatry, Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Southeast Sydney and Illawarra Health; NeuRA: Mental health in the young
  • Professor Jane Stein-Parbury, Director, Mental Health Nursing Professorial Unit, UTS and Dr Katherine Gill, Research and Evaluation, Recovery Colleges SESLHD: A college for recovery, Mental health nursing
  • Associate Professor Olivier Piguet, Associate Professor, UNSW, Co-Director FRONTIER, Frontotemporal Dementia Research Group and Principal Research Fellow, NeuRA: Mental health in carers of dementia patients