JCSMR Director’s ‘Health through Discovery’ Public Lecture Series: Blood clotting and coagulation - Lessons learned from snakes, cows, leeches and bats

Associate Professor Elizabeth Gardiner,  Deputy Head, ACRF Department of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics and Leader, The Gardiner Group - Mechanisms of Thrombosis andCancer, JCSMR, ANU

Platelets are the blood components that guard and protect blood volume. They orchestrate haemostasis. Every day, we make billions of platelets in our bone marrow, which are built to respond instantly to any type of blood
vessel injury or to infection.
Understanding how a platelet plug (thrombus) forms underpins all the key ‘blood thinning’ pharmaceuticals beginning with aspirin and warfarin right through to the new oral
anticoagulants in use today.
Information taken from studies of snake venoms, leeches and bat saliva has helped in the design of anticoagulant therapeutics and has been indispensable to our understanding of how the balance between clotting and bleeding (haemostasis) is maintained.

Date & time

5.30–7pm 27 March 2017


The Finkel Lecture Theatre, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131 Garran Road, ANU


Host: Professor Simon Foote


 Dr Madeleine Nicol
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