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The Professional Development and Education Cross-Cutting Discipline is delighted to invite you to the Inaugural Doherty Institute Research Day with Professor Alan Mackay-Sim as keynote speaker. Professor Mackay-Sim, Australian of Year 2018, will share with us the insight from his work on regeneration and repair of the nervous system.

2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.

This yearly half-day event will showcase the research highlights from our Institute over the past year, as well as create learning and networking opportunities for researchers and students. There will be oral presentations on the best Doherty Institute collaborations, a poster exhibition, prizes will be awarded and the day will close with a networking reception.

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