From Womb to Tomb: the science of our lives

The series will investigate the science of our lives and our health from the moment of conception through to death, focussing on the main issues plaguing people in various age groups and what science is doing to resolve them.

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Series Dates

  • Tuesday 13th February 2018
  • Tuesday 10th April 2018
  • Tuesday 12th June 2018
  • Tuesday 14th August 2018
  • Tuesday 16th October 2018
  • Tuesday 11th December 2018

About the convenors

Professor Simon Foote FAA FTSE

The Australian National University

Professor Simon Foote is a molecular geneticist. He is Director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Foote is interested in the genetic control of susceptibility to disease, with particular focus on infectious disease. His laboratory has identified loci governing the response to leishmaniasis and malaria. However the major focus of the laboratory is on identifying new drugs to combat malaria. His laboratory is also interested in the genetic susceptibility to other diseases of humans. He is currently working on investigating the reasons that renal disease is so common in Aboriginal communities and in the genetic changes that underpin the familial nature of some of the common cancers. Peculiarities of the host response to malaria

Professor Lois Salmonsen FAA

Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Professor Lois Salamonsen has a PhD in reproductive biology from Monash University. She was Senior Principal NHMRC Research Fellow, Director of the Centre for Reproductive Health at the Hudson Institute for Medical Research, and is adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. Now partly retired, she heads the Endometrial Remodelling laboratory at the Hudson Institute. Her team is recognised for its contributions to our understanding of endometrial remodelling, the mechanisms underlying menstruation and abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine receptivity and embryo implantation, along with new approaches to female contraception, with strong emphasis on translational research. Her current research focuses on the microenvironment of implantation, which should lead to changes in clinical practice and improved IVF outcomes. She is a life member and Fellow of Society for Reproductive Biology and of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, USA

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