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Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 Feb 2020


“The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
51 Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC

 “The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Dramatic advances in materials science and cell biology have led to the development of new and increasingly complex experimental platforms for disease modelling. This cutting edge symposium will showcase recent developments in 3D tissue culture, stem cell technology, automation, micro and nano fabrication. This timely forum will also address key challenges for developing these technologies to replicate important aspects of disease progression and pathogenesis.

Key Dates

  • August 2019 Open for Registration Applications and Abstract Submissions
  • Open to all research organisations and industry members
  • Registration closing today: 18 February 2020
  • 23rd December Oral presentations confirmed

Full meeting program now available. Download here (PDF, 472KB).

Registrations are being capped at 70, so please register now to avoid missing out.


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Event date: Feb 2020

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 Feb 2020

“The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

51 Little Malop Street, Geelong VIC

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Confirmed Speakers

 Dr Leonardo DAiuto

iPSC-Based Neuronal Platforms for Modeling CNS Infections and Drug Screening

Dr Leonardo D'Aiuto

Department of Psychiatry,
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


 Associate Professor Kaylene J. Simpson

Towards high throughput 3D phenotypic screening

Associate Professor Kaylene J. Simpson

Head, Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics ACRF Translational RPPA platform
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne


 Dr Deanne Whitworth

Using iPSCs from domestic and native Australian species for regenerative medicine, species conservation and mammalian evolution

Dr Deanne Whitworth

School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

 Professor Patrick Humbert

Generating ex-vivo experimental platforms from genetically engineered mice

Professor Patrick Humbert

Professor of Cancer Biology, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science,
Latrobe University


 Dr Adam K. Walker

Advances in mouse models of motor neuron disease and frontotemporal dementia

Dr Adam K. Walker

Ross Maclean Senior Research Fellow
NHMRC RD Wright Career Development Fellow
Head, Neurodegeneration Pathobiology Laboratory
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

 Professor Nicolas Voelcker

Establishing the Blood Brain Barrier on a chip: lessons learnt so far

Professor Nicolas Voelcker

Science Leader - CSIRO
Scientific Director - Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication
Professor - Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University


 Dr Kynan Lawlor

Generation of kidney organoids to study development and disease processes

Dr Kynan Lawlor

Murdoch Children's Research Institute


 Dr Elizabeth Vincan

Organoids: Modelling tissue homeostasis and human disease

Dr Elizabeth Vincan

University of Melbourne and Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory

Additional speakers announced shortly


New updated program available for download (PDF, 246KB)

Time Activity

DAY 1: Disease modelling: Relevance, advantages & limitations
Session 1: Challenges in modelling host-pathogen biology of human and animal disease
Session 2: Engineering representative animal models, current advances, challenges and limitations
Session 3: Application of Stem Cell Technology for Disease Modelling, filling the gaps of in vivo modelling
Session 4: Model systems "wish list" workshop

DAY 2: Fabricated microenvironments and automation
Session 5: Developing organoid and 3D culture models towards personalised treatment strategies
Session 6: Next-generation fabrication for researchers
Session 7: Automated Technologies

DAY 3: AAHL showcase and career opportunities for ECRs

Morning sessions at Australia’s biocontainment facility, The Australian Animal Health Laboratories (AAHL).

ECR career discussion and networking workshop at Little Creature Brewery Geelong.


 “The Dome” Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

This Cutting Edge Symposium will be held in the regional port city of Geelong. Geelong is home to large Deakin University campuses, several hospitals and other research institutes including Australia’s biocontainment facility, The CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).

This meeting will be held in "the High Ground - Wurdi Youang" room under Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centres distinctive "Dome". The High Ground is a unique, 250 capacity under-the-dome space with inspiring architecture, intuitive technology and a north-facing balcony with scene-stealing views over Geelong, Corio Bay and the You Yangs. Located in the heart of Geelong’s cultural precinct, the High Ground is adjacent to historic Johnstone Park, the CBD and the waterfront. This venue is also adjacent to the Geelong railway station and therefore provides an easy daily commute for attendees from the heart of Melbourne.

Convening Committee:


Nathan Gödde (co-chair)
Megan Dearnley (co-chair)
Vinod Sundaramoorthy
Ryan Farr
John Bingham
Sally McArthur
Carmel O'Brien
Michelle Baker
Leah Cosgrove
Elizabeth Pharo
Sinead Williams

This Symposium is supported by funding received from the CSIRO Research Office, Cutting Edge Science Symposium program.