Thursday, 20 February 2014
6.00pm – 7.00pm
Just as the Twentieth Century has been called the century of chemistry and physics, in which we progressed from the tungsten filament light bulb and the first airplane flight to silicon chip-driven handheld computers and exploration of planets, the Twenty-first Century stands to emerge as the century of biology. Life sciences research holds promise not only to advance our understanding of complex biological processes, such as organ formation and language cognition, but also provides the best, perhaps only, approach to address urgent societal issues of the environment, energy, food and health.
Convergence has been described as the Third Revolution in the Life Sciences. A new paradigm for 21st Century research and innovation, convergence is where medical researchers, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and doctors are working together to produce new breakthroughs and steadily transform healthcare for society.
This half-day event on the 19 February commences at midday and finishes with a cocktail event at 5.30 pm. This is a first-time event for the convergence community in Australia, come and be part of the conversation.
Australia’s bionic ear pioneer, Laureate Professor Graeme Clark AC, today was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for contributions that have improved the clinical treatment of patients. Professor Clark was awarded the prize for the development of the modern cochlear implant — a device that bestows hearing to individuals with profound deafness.
Professor Clark will accept the award at a ceremony in New York on 20 September. Visit The Lasker Foundation website to learn more about the awards, view a video featuring the award recipients, and read Professor Clark’s essay that appears in October 2013 issue of Nature Medicine.
Other Australians who have been recognised by The Lasker Awards include Sir McFarlane Burnett (1952), Professor Don Metcalf (1993), Professor Barry Marshall (1995) and Professor Elizabeth Blackburn (2006).
Forum supports Victorian technology entrepreneur challenge
The ICT for Life Sciences Forum is pleased to support an initiative to support young Victorian entrepreneurs develop their business and commercialisation skills with a focus on medical technology. An initiative of the Small Technology Cluster and supported by the Victorian Government, the MedTech’s Got Talent challenge aims to develop a more entrepreneurial culture which is driven by promising young entrepreneurs. The challenge is open to Victorian undergraduate, Masters, PhD, post-docs and recent graduates (within 5 years) with prizes of $20,000 vouchers and other support available for challenge winners. Applications are now being accepted and close on 22nd October 2013.
You are encouraged to tell friends, colleagues and family about this opportunity to support Victoria’s future entrepreneurial talent. The Forum is proud to be a Marketing and Media Partner of the MedTech’s Got Talent challenge.
- 2013 Graeme Clark Oration
- Professor Warwick Anderson
- Associate Professor Chris Hovens
- Owen Gaffney
- Professor Ingrid Scheffer
- Professor Brian Litt
- 2012 Graeme Clark Oration
- Global Biomolecular Information Infrastructure and Potential Australian Roles
- Graeme Clarke Oration 2011
- A personal view of Systems Biology: What it is, and what it should be.
- Systems and Technological Challenges to Personalized Medicine
- Reverse engineering the immune system
- Biomedical Imaging Using MRI
Never Say Never – The Graeme Clark Story
A new video, launched at this year’s Graeme Clark Oration, outlines the remarkable story of Graeme Clark as he battles against the odds to achieve his goal.
Graeme Clark was inspired by the deafness of his father to pursue a life of inquiry that would see him lead the development of the world’s first multi-channel cochlear implant, or Bionic Ear. Today, the device has been implanted in over 250,000 patients around the world, bringing sound to many of them for the first time and touching the lives of many family, friends and colleagues around them, perhaps in the millions. For the first time, a film biography is now available that tells the remarkable personal story of Graeme Clark’s quest to build a bionic ear.
This production was only made possible through the generous financial support of The Cochlear Foundation, the Melbourne School of Engineering (The University of Melbourne), NICTA and the ICT for Life Sciences Forum.
Click the link here to view this remarkable story, now available with closed captioning, enabling subtitles in over 40 languages.
ICT and Life Sciences Convergence in Melbourne Publication
The ICT for Life Sciences Forum is pleased to make available online a booklet it produced last year – Applying ICT to the life sciences challenges of the 21st Century – which explores how ICT and life sciences are converging in Victoria in many areas from bionics to immunology; from motion sensing to cancer detection.Melbourne’s life sciences community has helped make the world a healthier place. Our contributions include: the world’s first drug for a mental illness; the bionic ear; identifying the killer of millions of babies; commercialising the first vaccine against a cancer; the first anti-flu drug; and fundamental immunology discoveries that have underpinned global research.
In the 21st Century we are digging still deeper into the complexity of life. We’re building on past discoveries to build a bionic eye; create and interact with virtual viruses; redefine cancer diagnosis; understand the immune system; and make hearing aids much more accessible.We’re building bridges with physicists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists. Information and communications technology (ICT) is now central to managing and interpreting the results of life sciences research.
ICT is enabling life scientists to tackle deeper and more complex questions and to interpret millions or billions of results. It’s allowing us to model real-life—from a polio virus to the fate of immune cells. It’s allowing us to explore complete living systems.
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