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.
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
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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