Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
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|8:15pm-8:30pm||Q & A
Panel includes: Dr Lisa Melton, Professor Michael Pender, Professor Amit Bar-Or, Dr Jack Antel, Professor Anne La Flamme.
University of Queensland, AustraliaRead More
Professor Pender is an Australian neurologist who has been undertaking research into MS since 1980. His original focus was on laboratory models of MS and looking at the disease processes leading to MS. Since then his research has covered a number of different aspects of MS, with his current research focusing on the role of autoimmunity and the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) in MS. Recently Professor Pender and collaborators have been carrying out clinical trials which target EBV infection in a process known as adoptive immunotherapy as a way to treat MS.
University of Pennsylvania, USARead More
Professor Bar-Or, a neurologist and neuroimmunologist is Founder and Director of the Centre for Neuroinflammation and Experimental Neurotherapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. His clinical focus is MS and related disorders in both adults and children, his research focuses on the regulation of the immune system and how the immune system interacts with the brain and how emerging therapies may regulate this interaction. He is the incoming President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI), past President of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics (CNMSC) and past member of the Board of Directors and currently serves on the Education committee of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) and on the Steering Committee of the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN).
Montreal Neurological Institute, CanadaRead More
Dr Antel is a neurologist who coordinates the MS research and treatment program at the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada. He is currently president of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS). His research program focuses on using human brain and immune cells to understand how their interactions contribute to the development of MS. The studies include how immune cells reach the brain and spinal cord, how the brain cells may contribute to the persistence of an immune response, and how the immune cells induce injury of the target cells, namely myelin producing cells and nerve cells in the brain. These studies also aim to understand how the nervous system is able to repair itself from such injury.
Immunologist, Victoria University, New ZealandRead More
Professor Anne La Flamme received her BSc in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) followed by an MSc in Molecular Parasitology and PhD in the immunology of parasites from the University of Washington, Seattle.
After receiving her doctorate, Professor La Flamme spent several years at Cornell University studying how parasitic worms alter the host’s immune response and cause immune-mediated pathology. From this work, she developed a research programme in the immune system and its involvement in immune-mediated diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
Her current focus is on translational research in multiple sclerosis and in particular, identification of innate immune targets during progressive multiple sclerosis. She is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and leads the Multiple Sclerosis Research Programme at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington New Zealand.
Head of Research, MS Research AustraliaRead More
Dr Lisa Melton oversees national MS research collaborations and commissioned research projects and overseas the communication of the latest MS research activities to MS Research Australia stakeholders, donors and the broader MS community.
Lisa has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK. Following her PhD, Lisa undertook post-doctoral research at University College London and King’s College London, focusing on the development and regeneration of the peripheral nervous system.
Prior to joining MS Research Australia in 2011, Lisa moved to Sydney and worked at the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Westmead as the Science Communication Officer, contributing to the public communication of the Institute’s research and assisting researchers in seeking philanthropic funding.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
2-4 hours $25 with direct lift access to the Centre’s multiple convention floors and exhibition facilities
- By train: South Brisbane Railway Station is adjacent to the Convention Centre.
- By bus: Closest bus stop is The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street.
- By CityCat & ferry: The public transport ferries CityCats operate every day and stop at the South Bank River Terminal (5 min walk to the Convention Centre)