PROGRAMME

Day 1: Cancer & Translating Science

WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2020

TIME (AEDT)DETAILS
11:00
11:20

Welcome Address

Prof. James Whisstock

Scientific Chair of EMBL Australia

Mary Mansilla and Kay Myo Min – EAPS2020 Convenors

CANCER

Chair: Victoria Prior

11:20
11:50

Plenary Address

Prof. Vanessa Hayes

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

11:50
12:35

Student Oral Presentations

Charlotte Roelofs || La Trobe University

“Myc as a regulator of dormancy in triple negative breast cancer” 

Lap Hing (Leo) Chi || Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

“Mechanisms of BMP4-mediated suppression of breast cancer metastasis”

Maria Petraki || Hudson Institute of Medical Research

“Characterising the molecular transcriptome of leader cells in ovarian cancer”

12:35-12:45QUICK BREAK
12:45-13:30POSTER SESSION

13:3014:00

LUNCH BREAK

TRANSLATING SCIENCE

Chair: Sarah Thomas-Broome

14:00-14:30

Plenary Address

A/Prof. Nicholas Opie

The University of Melbourne

14:30 – 15:15

Student Oral Presentations

Allara Zylberberg || Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Modulating inflammation as a therapy for Polycystic Kidney Disease”

Caitlin Finney || University of New South Wales

“Tamoxifen offers long-term neuroprotection after hippocampal silent infarct in a rat model”

Jayshen Arudkumar || University of Adelaide

“Developing a highly efficient CRISPR-Cas9 therapy for precise restoration of dystrophin in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”

15:15 – 15:55

Keynote Address

Prof. Mark Post

Mosa Meat

Day 2: Immunology & Regenerative Biology

THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2020

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IMMUNOLOGY

Chair: Saoirse Benson

11:00- 11:30

Plenary Address

Prof. David Lynn

South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute

11:30 – 12:15

Student Oral Presentations

Alda Saldan || QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

“Friend or Foe? Investigating how cytomegalovirus infection impacts on the anti-leukaemic immune response”

Emma Fletcher || Garvan Institute of Medical Research

“Evidence that bone-targeting bisphosphonate drugs have pharmacologic actions on macrophages outside the skeleton”

Nithya Fernandopulle || University of Melbourne

“Protamine induces mast cell activation via MRGPRX2: modulation by heparin”

12:15 – 12:25QUICK BREAK
12:25 – 13:10POSTER SESSION
13:10 – 13:40LUNCH BREAK

REGENERATIVE BIOLOGY

Chair: Ellen Potoczky

13:40 – 14:10

Plenary Address

Dr. Anai Gonzalez-Cordero

Children’s Medical Research Institute

14:10 – 14:55

Student Oral Presentations

Jinia Lilianty || Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University of Melbourne

“Skeletal disease-in-a-dish: using induced pluripotent stem cells to model human cartilage disorders”

Meaghan Griffiths || Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

“Radiotherapy directly damages the uterus causing uterine artery endothelial dysfunction and pregnancy loss”

Yasmin Alshoubaki || Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University

“The effect of Tregs in cardiac repair – mechanisms and therapeutic targets”

14:55 – 15:05QUICK BREAK
15:05 – 16:00

Pathways in a Challenging Climate
Panel Discussion and Q&A

Chairs: Celeste Piotto & Jennifer Currenti

Panel Members:

 

Dr. Carlos Salomon Gallo || Senior Research Fellow 

UQ Centre for Clinical Research 

 

Dr. Martin Engel || Lead Scientist 

Inventia Life Sciences

 

Dr. Bianca Le || Director 

Cellular Agriculture Australia

 

Dr. Sarah Stephenson || Postdoctoral Fellow 

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Day 3: Computational Biology & Molecular Cell Biology

FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2020
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COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

Chair: Jeremy Han

11:00 – 11:30

Plenary Address 

Prof. Alicia Oshlack

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

11:30 – 12:15

Student Oral Presentations

Emma Gail || Monash University

“A predictive model for commonly-repressed polycomb-target genes dissects DNA sequence from gene expression”

Malindrie Dharmaratne || University of Queensland

“A statistical approach for modelling differential distributions in single-cell transcriptomic data”

Tingting Gong || Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Structural variation signatures in primary prostate cancer”

12:15 – 12:25QUICK BREAK
12:25 – 13:00 POSTER SESSION
13:00 – 13:25LUNCH BREAK

MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

Chair: Isabelle Capell-Hattam

13:25 – 13:55

Plenary Address

Professor Melissa Little

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

13:55 – 14:40

Student Oral Presentations

Kurt Giuliani || University of Queensland

“Human hypoxic proximal tubule epithelial cells (PTEC) trigger NLRP3 inflammasome activation in CD1c+ dendritic cells (DC)”

Ruby Oberin || Monash University

“Determining the role of maternal epigenetic inheritance in bone development and disease”

Sigrid Petautschnig || Monash University

“Polycomb-dependent epigenetic programming in the oocyte modulates brain development and behaviour in offspring”

14:40 – 14:50QUICK BREAK
14:50 – 15:30

Infectious Diseases: COVID19 Spotlight 

Plenary Address

Prof. Kanta Subbarao

WHO Collaborating Centre for 

Reference and Research on Influenza

15:30 – 16:00

Awards Presentations & Closing Address

Mary Mansilla and Kay Myo Min – EAPS2020 Convenors