CHARM 2016


This cross-institutional meeting was a 2016 National Science Week event. It is held each year as a joint venture between ACT Health, The Australian National University Medical School, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, The University of Canberra, University of New South Wales (Canberra), Australian Catholic University and Sports Medicine Australia.

CHARM aims to showcase the wide range of health research in the Canberra region. The principle themes of the meeting include Population Health, Clinical and Surgical Research, Laboratory Science, and Allied Health Research, including Sports Medicine.

2016 Awards Winners

Congratulations to the award winners for CHARM 2016

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following Keynote Speakers:

University of New South Wales, Canberra presents

Professor Tim Senden

Printing life? The challenges of 3D printing tissue

Tim is a graduate of the ANU, completing his BSc(Hons) in Physical Chemistry in 1989 at the Research School of Chemistry, and subsequently his PhD in Atomic Force Microscopy in 1993 at Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE).  He held positions at the College de France (Paris), Institute Charles Sadron (Strasbourg), and UNSW-Canberra before returning the Dept Applied Mathematics, RSPE in 1997. Tim uses his background in experimental surface science to teach undergraduate chemistry and to investigate surface phenomena at the nanometre scale covering topics including the stretching of single polymer chains, mechanical deformations in biological membranes, ceramics processing and measuring forces on nanoparticles.

Over the past decade he has branched into X-ray micro-Tomography studying porous and granular materials, oil recovery, wood composites, paper and evolution in Devonian fishes. He has also been involved in developing novel uses of nano-particles in medical diagnoses and therapies, notably the use of graphene encapsulated radio-isotopes. Over the past decade he has commercially developed some of this research and was one of the team that spun-out, Lithicon, which sold for $78M in 2014. He has recently become Director of RSPE. Tim serves the university committee through his chairing the Kioloa Advisory Board and the Centre for Advanced Microscopy, and as academic staff representative on the University Council.



University of Canberra, Faculty of Health presents

Professor Lorimer Moseley

Modern Brain and Pain Science and Implications for Care

Lorimer is Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia and Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia. He leads the Body in Mind research group, which investigates the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain, undertaking both fundamental behavioural and neurophysiological experiments, and randomized controlled trials and prognostic studies. Lorimer has written 220 papers and several books.

He has won Australia’s most prestigious prize for Innovation and Potential Transformation in a Medical or Health related project, was runner-up in the Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Sciences and was the inaugural winner of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Prize for Outstanding Clinical Science in a Pain-related field. He has editorial roles with PAIN, the Journal of Pain and the European Journal of Pain. He is Chief Editor of, the most influential web and social media presence in the clinical pain sciences.


Australian National University, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment presents

Professor Tien Yin Wong

Translational Research in Ophthalmology: the Singapore National Eye Center Experience

Provost’s Chair Professor and Vice-Dean, Office of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Medical School

Medical Director and Senior Consultant, Singapore National Eye Center

National University of Singapore

Prof Tien Y Wong completed medical school from the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a President’s scholar, clinical ophthalmology training at the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), and retinal fellowships at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, and the University of Sydney, Australia. He obtained his MPH and PhD from Johns Hopkins University, USA.

He is currently Vice-Dean, Office of Clinical Sciences at the Duke-NUS Medical School, his office plans and coordinates clinical and translational research strategy and execution across the academic medical center of 8 healthcare institutions, including 2 general hospitals (Singapore General Hospital and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and 5 national speciality centers. He is also Medical Director at the Singapore National Eye Center, one of the largest tertiary eye hospital in Asia, with a faculty of >70 ophthalmologists managing 300,000 outpatient visits and >27,000 surgeries annually. SNEC’s research division, the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), is a leading eye research institutes, with >2000 peer reviewed publications since 2000. Prof Wong was previously SERI’s Executive Director (2009-13) and is now the Chairman of its Board. Prior to these roles, Prof Wong was Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, National University of Singapore, and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, the University of Melbourne, Australia Managing Director, Center for Eye Research Australia (CERA).

As an ophthalmologist and retinal specialist, his clinical and research interest is in macular and retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He leads a broad-based research program comprising epidemiological, clinical and translational studies of Asian eye diseases, and on the use of retinal imaging to predict disease risk.  He has published >1,000 peer-reviewed papers, including papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, JAMA, Nature and Nature Genetics. He has given >300 invited plenary, symposium and named lectures globally, and received >US$50 million in grant funding from the Biomedical Medical Research Council and the National Medical Research Council in Singapore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, and the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia. He is a two times recipient of the Singapore Translational Researcher Award (2008 and 2014), the highest award for clinician-scientists in Singapore.

Prof Wong serves on Editorial Boards of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Diabetes Care and many other journals. He was previously the Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. He is a Board member of the National Medical Research Council, a Council member of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia Pacific Vitreo-Retinal Society and the President of the College of Ophthalmologist in Singapore.

For his academic service and research, Prof Wong has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous awards, such as the Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World for “academic leadership in people younger than 40 years of age” and the Sandra Doherty Award from the American Heart Association. He has been recognized as the top researcher in any field from two leading Universities: the Outstanding Researcher Award from the National University of Singapore (winning it twice in 2004 and 2009) and the Woodward Medal from the University of Melbourne (2005). He has received the Alcon Research Institute Award, USA, the Novartis Prize in Diabetes (Global Young Investigator), the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, the Australian Society of Medical Research AMGEN Medical Research of the Year Award for “outstanding contribution to translational research”, and the Arnall Patz Medal from the Macula Society, USA. In 2010, Prof Wong was presented with the National Clinician Scientist Award and the President’s Science Award, the two highest awards in Singapore. He is a recipient of the 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship from the USA. In 2014, he and his team were presented with the President’s Science and Technology Award.


Australian Catholic University, Faculty of Health Sciences presents:

Professor Sandra Eades

Closing the Gap in Aboriginal health: Recent progress and ongoing challenges – the contribution of health research

Professor Sandra Eades is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia, who became Australia's first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD in 2003. A valuable 20-year contribution to the field of Aboriginal health research began in 1995 with Sandra’s membership of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Standing Committee for Aboriginal health. Consistent grants from the NHMRC since 2004 have enabled Sandra to lead the establishment of a large-scale Aboriginal adolescent cohort study, a smoking in pregnancy randomised controlled trial (RCT), multi-generational studies of foetal growth, and a cluster RCT of primary care intervention for Type 2 Diabetes.

As a national leader in Indigenous health research, Sandra was named the NSW Woman of the Year in 2006; listed as one of 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have achieved change in their communities by National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance in 2011; and awarded the 2012 Medical Journal of Australia prize for excellence in medical research. Sandra is the equity subeditor for the Australian-based journal Public Health Research and Practice and has published 61 peer-reviewed papers. Sandra is currently Head, Aboriginal and Disadvantaged Communities Domain at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute.


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