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The Next Pandemic – A Hypothetical

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Monday, 7 March 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (AEDT)

The Next Pandemic – A Hypothetical

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The Next Pandemic – A Hypothetical

The Convergence Science Network is pleased to partner with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) to bring you ‘The Next Pandemic – A Hypothetical’ at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute, will lead an expert panel of guests including Professor of Bioethics and Medicine Jeremy Sugarman from the John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in the USA, to ask and explore answers to the question - how do we effectively respond to pandemics at the local, national and global level?



Dr Norman Swan

Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on ABC Radio National, and Tonic on ABC News24. The Health Report is the world's longest running health show and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia's top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He trained in paediatrics before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programs including Life Matters, Late Night Live and Radio National Breakfast, as well as Health Dimensions on ABC television. He has also been the medical host on Channel Ten's The Biggest Loser for the past three seasons. Norman created, wrote and narrated Invisible Enemies, a four-part series on disease and civilisation, broadcast on SBS and in 27 countries. He has consulted to the World Health Organization and co-chaired a global meeting of health ministers in West Africa in 2008.


Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, Patron of the Doherty Institute

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty has been involved in research on infection and immunity for 50 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence and the biological role of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). He remains the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize and was Australian of the Year in 1997. Still active in science and involved in large, grant-funded programs at both institutions, he commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Doherty Institute where he now spends most of his time. His research over the past four decades has focused on T cell-mediated immunity in virus infections, particularly with respect to CD8+ “killer” T cell effector function and memory. Apart from his published reviews and research papers that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several “lay” books. His current focus is increasingly on the public communication of science and on defending an evidence-based view of the world.

Professor Peter Doherty is also a Club Melbourne Ambassador


Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Doherty Institute 

Leading infectious diseases expert Professor Sharon Lewin is the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute. Sharon is an internationally renowned researcher in HIV cure and an infectious diseases physician. She leads a large, multi-disciplinary research team at the Doherty Institute that focuses on understanding why HIV persists on treatment and developing clinical trials aimed at ultimately finding a cure for HIV infection. She has published over 200 publications and has been continually funded by the NHMRC since 1993. She is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and also receives grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and the Wellcome Trust. She was local co-chair for the International AIDS Conference that was held in Melbourne in July 2014 (AIDS2014), which was the largest health conference ever hosted in Australia attracting 14,000 participants. She is a founding member of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a member of the NHMRC Council and Chair of the Health Translation Advisory Committee of the NHMRC. She was named Melburnian of the Year in 2014.

Professor Sharon Lewin is also a Club Melbourne Ambassador


Professor Jeremy Sugarman, Deputy Director for Medicine, John Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, USA

Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of Health Policy and Management, and deputy director for medicine of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is an internationally recognised leader in the field of biomedical ethics with particular expertise in the application of empirical methods and evidence-based standards for the evaluation and analysis of bioethical issues. His contributions to both medical ethics and policy include his work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health and research oversight. He has served as senior policy and research analyst for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He also served on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. Jeremy is currently on sabbatical in Melbourne being hosted by Professors Sharon Lewin and Martin Pera to explore how the overlap of the ethical and policy issues in HIV and stem cell research might better inform one another. 

Neil Mitchell AO, Host, 3AW Mornings

Neil Mitchell AO is one of Australia's most respected and experienced journalists. He is a former reporter and news executive of The Age, and editor of the now defunct afternoon newspaper, The Herald. He has hosted his own television programs on several networks, edited for Time Magazine Australia, and worked as a commentator and columnist on television and for several newspapers. He is now in his 30th year in radio and has hosted Melbourne's leading morning current affairs program on 3AW since 1990. He is a former president of the Melbourne Press Club, has won the Walkley Award and various other industry awards for excellence in journalism. He serves on several charity advisory boards and was a founding member of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. He was awarded the AO for his charity work and services to journalism. 


Dr Stewart Condon
Stewart Condon was elected to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia Board in May 2011 (re-elected May 2014) and was elected President in June 2014. Stewart is a medical generalist with a diploma in paediatrics. He has worked in emergency departments around NSW and Queensland, as a rural medical practitioner in indigenous communities of Central Australia and also has experience working in Sydney prisons. Stewart has done various field placements with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2004 in Sudan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as medical doctor, field coordinator and country medical coordinator. He currently works in emergency departments as a senior non-specialist, and continues to support the Central Australian Remote Health team by on-call work when required. 


Michael Moore, CEO, Public Heath Association of Australia

Michael Moore is the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the President Elect, and currently Vice-President, of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. He is the chair of a number of health networks. Michael is a former Minister of Health and Community Care and was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. 

Michael is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the ANU, is an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra where he is a PhD Scholar examining a framework for planning or evaluating health advocacy. He is widely published. 

He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of Boards including as President of the Rotary Club of Canberra, the ACT Local Hospital Network, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, the editorial advisory board of European Public Health Review, the National Drug Research Institute, the Institute of Public Administration and as Chair of the ACT Asthma Network. 

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Monday, 7 March 2016
6pm - 7.30 pm 

Melbourne Exhibition Centre

Clarendon Auditorium
Level 2, Melbourne Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf 

How to get there:    

By tram
Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:

  • Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda

Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge.

 By train
Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above.



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When & Where

Clarendon Auditorium, Level 2, Exhibition Centre, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 Clarendon Street
South Wharf, VIC 3006

Monday, 7 March 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (AEDT)

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