CHARM 2017

This cross-institutional meeting 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 U


This cross-institutional meeting 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.

2017 Awards Winners

Congratulations to the award winners for CHARM 2017

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Craig Jenne

Real-time “Visualization” of Infection-Induced Bleeding Disorders In Vivo

Dr. Jenne is an assistant professor in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and the department of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Calgary and is the Canada Research Chair in Imaging Approaches Towards Studying Infections. The Jenne lab uses the technique of intravital microscopy to study the early innate immune and inflammatory responses to viral and bacterial infections.

Intravital microscopy allows us to look directly within the blood vessels and tissues of live animals to “see” interactions between immune cells and pathogens in real-time. Current research projects in the lab include using intravital microscopy to characterize the immune response to viral infection of the lung, to study how severe bacterial infections trigger blood clotting and to better understand how we can use specific viruses to kill cancer in a living animal. In addition, Dr. Jenne is the Scientific Director of the Snyder Translational Lab in Critical Care Medicine, a position that allows him to work directly with Clinicians and Researchers on human clinical studies. The Snyder Translational Lab serves to enable and support clinical research within the University of Calgary and Canada as a whole. By providing technical expertise, basic biochemical assay support, advanced multiplexing of biomarkers, novel assay development the Snyder lab has contributed to the publication of numerous basic science and clinical manuscripts in the past four years and has contributed pilot data for a number of grant applications.


Professor Peter MacDonald 

Mending donor hearts – using machine perfusion to increase heart transplant opportunities and outcomes

Peter Macdonald is a conjoint Professor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales; Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and Head of the Transplantation Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

He is a past President of the Transplantation Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ). His major research interests over the last 25 years have been in the areas of heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, transplant allograft rejection, donor management and organ preservation.

He has published over 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 8 national guidelines and 15 book chapters. He was nominated for the Australian of the Year award in 2010, 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, his research into the recovery and transplantation of hearts from DCD donors was recognised by the NSW Government's NSW Ministerial Award for Cardiovascular Research Excellence and by the ACT Gift of Life organisation with the Terry Connolly Award for Healthcare Leadership and Innovation.


Professor Katie Allen

Why does Australia have the highest rates of Food Allergy and what can we do about it?

Professor Katie Allen is a Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Allergist practising in the field of Food Allergy at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. 

She is Director of the Population Health Research Theme at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Director of the Australian Centre for Food & Allergy Research. 

Katie is Principal Investigator of the HealthNuts Study which is tracking 5300 infants to try and understand the cause of the new food allergy epidemic.

She has published extensively with more than 225 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Professor Alison Kitson 

Using complexity and network principles to generate a shared understanding of knowledge translation: lessons learnt the hard way!

Alison Kitson is the Dean of Nursing and Head of School for the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Before coming to Australia, Alison had a long and successful career in executive leadership, education and research in the United Kingdom.

Alison holds many honorary positions internationally and has published extensively on the subject of implementing evidence into practice.

Her contribution to nursing is recognised through having been awarded many prestigious accolades including the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award in 2004; Distinguished Graduate of the Year from the University of Ulster in 2002, a Florence Nightingale Travel Award in 1999 and a Fellowship of the RCN in 1991.

2009 was the year Alison became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her work on standards of nursing care and getting evidence into practice. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malmo in Sweden for her contribution to nursing scholarship and leadership. In 2015 Alison was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Australia for her work in Knowledge Translation.


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