The TRI events team are currently requesting nominations for the 2019 TRI Monthly Seminar Series. 

The TRI Monthly Seminar series aims to attract speakers of international renown by identifying international conferences held in Australia and offering to cover the domestic travel and accomodation expenses, of key note speakers, to present at TRI.  

TRI based researchers, if you'd like to nominate a speaker, please contact them to ascertain their availability. If the speaker would like to present at TRI, please complete the online form and submit to: [email protected] 

Date & Time

Time Featured Speaker TRI Host Details 
Tuesday 17 September 12:00pm-1:00pm Professor David Johnson and Dr Samuel Chan. Chaired by Professor John Upham Professor Paul Dawson

An overview of the Centre for Kidney Disease research, including the Australisian Kidney Trials Network and BEAT-CKD Collaboration will be presented by Professor David Johnson followed by 'infectious complications following kidney transplant' presented by Dr Samuel Chan.  

Monday 26 August 1:30pm-2:30pm Dr Catherine Carmichael Jean-Pierre Levesque

'Expression of the EMT modulator SMAIL in AML - a model of LSD1 corruption'

Dr Catherine Carmichael completed her PhD and initial postdoctoral training at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute between 2004-2013. Her research focuses on gaining an understanding of the molecular mechanisms driving Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) development and pathogenesis; with the ultimate goal of identifying novel methods for therapeutically targeting this extremely poor outcome malignancy. >Bio

Tuesday 13 August  12pm-1pm Professor Fiona Wood AM  

'The Role of the interdisciplinary team in translational research' 

Professor Fiona Wood is one of Australia’s most innovative and respected surgeons and researchers. A highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon and world leading burns specialist, she has pioneered research and technology development in burns medicine.

More about Professor Wood

Tuesday 2 July


Dr Elizabeth Sigston

A/Prof Elizabeth Williams

'Think you know cancer? Think again'

Dr. Elizabeth Sigston is a surgeon in Otorhinolyngology, Head & Neck Surgery (ORLHNS) at Monash Health, including the new Monash Children's Hospital. Dr. Sigston sub specializes in Head & Neck Cancer, Head & Neck Surgery, and Paediactric ENT. >More

Tuesday 4 June 12pm-1pm Dr Jonathan Herington A/Prof Elizabeth Williams An Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Kansas University. I'm a native of Brisbane, Australia and recieved a BA (Hons I) in International Relations and Philosophy, and a BSc in Microbiology, from UQ. Prior to undertaking my PhD I was located at the Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney. See here for more about A/Prof Herington >More

Tuesday 2 April


Dr Kirstin Alford

A/Prof Elizabeth Williams

“With dynamic, changing exhibition programs, MOD. inspires young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future.”

Tuesday 2 April


Dr Tasha Stanton

A/Prof Elizabeth Williams

“With dynamic, changing exhibition programs, MOD. inspires young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future.”

2018 Schedule

Date & Time

Time Featured Speaker TRI Host Details 
Tuesday 20 November 12pm-1pm Professor John Huss Dr Maree Knight  (Mater Esearch) Ecological medicine and medical ecology: crosstalk and convergence in microbiome research 
Wednesday 7 November 12pm-1pm Associate Professor Andrew Murphy A/Prof Jean-Pierre Levesque (Mater Research) A high salt diet accelerates atherosclerosis by modulating haematopoiesis 
Tuesday 4 September 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dr Herb Kressel, Harvard

Dr Carolyn Mountford Title: 'Use of  Gadolinium in MRI'
Tuesday 21 August 12:00 - 1:00pm Clifton David Fuller, Texas University, Precision Radiotherapy Dr Graham Galloway  
Tuesday 15 May 12.00 - 1.00pm

Professor Felipe Prosper MD,PhD

Head of the Hematology and Cell Therapy Department

University of Navarra, Spain

QUT, ihbi

Title: "Harnessing Epigenetics to improve diagnoses and treatment of cancer."

Professor Prosper graduated from the University of Navarra in 1989 and after his residency and PhD he completed his fellowship and postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota. Relocated to the Clinica Universidad de Navarra in 2001, he was responsible for the development of the cell therapy program where he became the Head of Hematology and Cell Therapy in 2003 and Director of the programs of Hematology and Cell Therapy at the center for Applied Medical Research at the University of Navarra in 2012.

Prosper has published more than 280 peer review articles in top journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics or Blood among others, with an h-factor of 53 and over 9890 citations.

Tuesday 20 March 

12.00 - 1.00pm 

Dr Cameron Turtle 

Fred Hutch Cancer Centre Seattle, Clinical Trials Immunotherapy 

Dr Kristen Radford, Mater

Dr. Turtle is currently an Attending Physician on the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program and the Immunotherapy Service at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutch, University of Washington Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr Cameron Turtle Full Biography 

Wednesday 28 February 12.00 - 1.00pm

Dr Boris Holzapfel

Dr. med. at Ludwigs-Maximilians University of Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher

Title: 'Patient Specific Design, Planning and Surgery of Complex Orthopaedic Tumor Cases'

Dr Boris Holzapfel is an orthopaedic oncologist and surgeon with outstanding experience in the treatment of primary and secondary tumours of the musculoskeletal system. In this context he is trying to implement bone tissue engineering approaches into surgical therapy concepts of these tumours.

His translational research is focused on the biology of bone and soft tissue sarcomas and on the molecular mechanisms that lead to the development of bone metastases. By combining his knowledge about bone tissue engineering and tumour biology, he established several novel xenograft models of bone metastasis that make it possible to analyse the species-specific mechanisms of human cancer cell osteotropism.

2017 Speaker Archive

Date & Time

Time Featured Speaker TRI Host Title & Abstract

30 May 2017 *Please note date change

12.00 - 1.00pm 

Prof Alan Mackay-Sim, 2017 Australian of the Year

Dr Alexandre Cristino

Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia: from stem cells to drug discovery

6 June 2017

12.00 - 1.00pm 

A/Prof Michael Samuel, Head Tumour Microenvironment Lab, Centre for Cancer Biology,

SA Pathology & the University of South Australia

Prof Rik Thompson

Biochemical and biomechanical inter-relationships in cancer and wound healing

20 June 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm  Prof Cornellia Weyand, Medicine - Immunology and Rheumatology, Stanford Prof Ranjeny Thomas Immunometabolic Signatures in Autoimmunity
4 July 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm Professor Nick Graves, Health Economist, QUT Professor Gerald Holtmann Are we overpowering intervention studies? P-values, Clinical Trials and Waste in Research 
25 July 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm Dr Jonathan Sherlock, Kennedy Institute of Rhuematology, University of Oxford Prof Ranjeny Thomas Immunological pathways implicated in autoimmune diseases
8 August  12.00 - 1.00pm Professor Carl Walkley, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research Melbourne Mater Research

Title: Rewriting the transcriptome: ADAR1 mediated A-to-I RNA editing

One of the most prevalent forms of post-transcriptional RNA modification is the conversion of adenosine bases to inosine (A-to-I), mediated by the ADAR family of enzymes. A-to-I editing is a widespread feature of the transcriptome, with estimates ranging from tens of thousands in mice to millions of A-to-I editing events in humans and primates. We have used in vivo haematology as a system to understand how RNA editing by ADAR1 regulates the transcriptome, and how this interfaces with the innate immune system and enables discrimination of self and non-self nucleic acids.​

5 September 9am-5pm Imagine  Professor Carolyn Mountford

Imagine 2017 

3 October 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm Prof Roger Daly, Molecular Biology, Monash University  Prof Brian Gabrielle Protein kinase signalling networks in human cancer
19 October 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm   Prof Brian Gabrielle World Melanoma Congress