Tuesday Seminar Series


The 2017 Tuesday Seminars will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from Tuesday 7 March through to December. The objectives of this seminar series are to build further knowledge in innovative medical research, development and translation; and to attract renown speakers on topics that will be relevant to a broad audience.

Featured Seminar

Our Tuesday Seminar Series this year features Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim presenting a seminar titled "Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia: from stem cells to drug discovery" in May. 

Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist.

He graduated with a PhD from Macquarie University in 1980 and worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wyoming and the University of Adelaide before taking up a position at Griffith University in 1987. In 2015 he retired and was appointed Emeritus Professor.

His research has encompassed the human sense of smell and how the olfactory sensory neurons in the nose get regenerated throughout life. He identified the olfactory stem cell in the nose that is responsible for the regeneration of the sense of smell and uses these “adult” stem cells and other olfactory cells from the nose for therapeutic purposes.

Alan is a world leader in spinal cord injury research using nasal olfactory cells. He led a team from Brisbane in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia.

Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006 and built an adult stem cell bank with cells from more than 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease.

These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies. Alan is 2017 Australian of the Year.

2017 Schedule

Date & Time

Time Featured Speaker TRI Host Title & Abstract
23 May 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm  Prof Emeran Mayer, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Prof Gerald Holtmann Author of ‘The Mind-Gut Connection’
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, University of South Australia

Prof Rik Thompson Proteomic approaches to quantify changes in the ECM of tumours
20 June 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm  Prof Cornellia Weyand, Medicine - Immunology and Rheumatology, Stanford Prof Ranjeny Thomas Immune ageing and genomic stress in the pathogenesis of humane autoimmune diseases
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
4 July 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm  Professor Nick Graves, Health Economist, QUT Professor Gerald Holtmann Calculating the financial benefits of your project
5 September 2017 TBC Program in development Louise Morland Imagine 2017
3 October 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm  Prof Roger Daly, Molecular Biology, Monash University Prof Brian Gabrielle TBC
18-21 October 2017 TBC TBC Prof Peter Soyer Special Seminar - 9th World Congress - Melanoma
7 November 2017 TBC TBC TBC TBC
5 December 2017 12.00 - 1.00pm Dr Giulia Rancati, IMB, A*STAR, Singapore A/Prof Helmut Schaider Mechanisms of eukaryotic evolution: from yeasts to cancer cells

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 the Personal Development and Talent Management Committee who will evaluate each submission. If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

23 May 2017 12:00pm to 1:00pm