Dr Michelle Banfield has been awarded the 2019 John James Foundation's Tony Ayers Prize for Excellence in Translational Medicine. Dr Banfield is Head of Lived Experience Research at the ANU Centre for Mental Health Research, within the Research School of Population Health.
Most of the human genome remains "dark", with little biological information available for the majority of genes. Investigating the dark genome is essential to advance knowledge and better understand diseases. Professor Steve Brown will present the last discoveries made by the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium.
Autoimmune diseases arise when our immune cells turn against our own tissues and cells, damaging or destroying them. There are over different 80 autoimmune diseases affecting 3-5% of the population, and no cures. To develop better treatmens, we must understand the molecular and genetic causes of these diseases.
Dr Quinn’s group conducts discovery-driven fundamental research using Drosophila (Vinegar fly) genetics to provide the new insights into cancer initiation and progression, which are essential to uncover new therapeutic avenues to improve patient outcomes.