Embracing the Genomic Revolution – Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium – 20 July

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Embracing the Genomic Revolution – Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium

When: Monday 20 July 2015
Where: Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne

http://microbial-genomics-symposium.webstarts.com

The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics was recently established by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, located in the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. The mission of the Centre is to facilitate research relevant to understanding the role of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice in Australia, and to provide leadership and training in this field.

The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics therefore invites you to attend its inaugural symposium entitled “Embracing the Genomic Revolution – Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium”.  The event aims to critically examine the potential of microbial genomics to impact public health and clinical microbiology practice and to provide a forum to begin the process of establishing collaborative research aimed at translating microbial genomics into public health and clinical practice in Australia.  Both national and international speakers including researchers, clinicians and public health officials will explore the field of applied microbial genomics and present on topics including next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, ongoing public health and clinical applications and the future challenges of realising the full potential of microbial genomics in this space. The symposium will end with a series of panel-based discussions relevant to implementation of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice.

The event will be held at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, located a short distance from the Melbourne CBD, and is aimed at researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and public health professionals.

 

Confirmed speakers and panel experts include:

  •  Steve Musser – Deputy Director for Scientific Operations, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Errol Strain – Supervisory Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Nigel French – Professor, Massey University/ Head of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health laboratory in the Hopkirk Research Institute, New Zealand.
  • Deborah Williamson – Clinical Microbiologist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), New Zealand.
  • Torsten Seemann – Associate Professor, Lead Bioinformatician Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics/ Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI).
  • Kathryn Holt – Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Melbourne/ Bio21 Institute.
  • Mark Davies – Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular  Biosciences, Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre, The University of Queensland.
  • Amy Jennison – Senior Scientist and Head of Molecular Epidemiology, Queensland Health.
  • Duncan Craig – Principal Microbiologist, Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
  • Paul Waring – Professor, The University of Melbourne/ Head of Molecular Pathology at Melbourne Health.
  • Scott Beatson – Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre, The University of Queensland.
  • Martyn Kirk – Associate Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University.
  • Vitali Sintchenko – Associate Professor/ Director Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health, The University of Sydney.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (DMI) and Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL) at The University of Melbourne, the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) and Illumina Inc.
Further details regarding the symposium including the preliminary program, and the free registration form, can be found at:

http://microbial-genomics-symposium.webstarts.com

 

Please note, there are a limited number of registrations available for this event.
We look forward to seeing you at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne.

Ben Howden and Tim Stinear

Professor Benjamin Howden | Director
Microbiological Diagnostic Unit – Public Health Laboratory
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne,
The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Associate Professor Tim Stinear | Laboratory Head
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne,
The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

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