|Guest speaker Dr Malkin|
The Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases held a highly successful Day of Immunology event at the Monash Health Translation Precinct last week.
More than 40 people attended a public lecture, met with researchers and toured the labs. Visitors included students from Wellington High School, Monash University Immunology patients and families members and interested members of the public.
During the Public Lecture Dr Claire Dendle gave an overview of how the immune system works while Monash HIV Director, Dr Ian Woolley, presented on various infectious diseases in context with the theme of this year’s Day of Immunology, Preventable Pandemics. Invited guest speaker Dr Carolyn Malkin, spoke about poliomyelitis in Victoria and the response to epidemics in the pre-vaccine era.
The event was also an opportunity for scientists, clinician-scientists, clinicians and postgraduate students to discuss their research and future study options.
Event organiser and CID Strategic Development Officer Dr Andrea Johannessen said that during the laboratory siscovery tours, participants were able to identify cell types using histology and microscopy techniques, view the immune system in action, tour the new Translational Research Facility and see the latest in world class research infrastructure.
"We were also delighted to exhibit the ‘Snapshots of the immune system’and there was great interest in the images and artwork of the immune system in action," she said.
Feedback from attendees was extremely positive.
Dr Johannessen thanks all staff and students who participated on the day and to the CID Day of Immunology 2017 Organising Committee; Dr Holly Hutton, Dr Andrea Johannessen, Ms Kim O’Sullivan, Mr Raymond Shim, Ms Louisa Yeung and Dr Michaela Finsterbusch.