STEAM: At the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine

Four Unit 1 Biology students, one parent, and two staff attended Stem Cells Australia’s At the frontier of tomorrow’s medicine forum, which was held at the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria Conference Centre on 19 March.

Forum Chair, Professor Trevor Kilpatrick, introduced the panel of researchers, who included esteemed professors from Australian universities and research institutions, and moderated the question and answer session.

Our Academy attendees learned about the role of stem cells and stem cell research in determining the causes of disease, developing diagnostic tools, and testing potential treatments, such as congenital heart disease.

Prior to the forum, our students explored a Stem Cell Photography Exhibition and met junior research ambassadors from the Stem Cells Australia initiative. Our students talked with the research ambassadors about their experiences as researchers and journeys into a career in Science, particularly what it means to undertake a PhD.

Our Biology students will be investigating how stem cells are different to all of the other cells in our bodies. They will also take up Associate Professor Enzo Porrello’s invitation to visit a lab at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Find out more about Stem Cell research in Australia.

L>R Professor Stephanie Watson, Associate Professor Enzo Porrello, Annabelle Aiton, Professor Christine Wells, Tarryn McInerney, Professor Ernst Wolvetang, Mia Oldfield, Associate Professor Megan Munsie, Helena Broders.
Research ambassadors shared their experiences as researchers, their career in science and undertaking a PhD.
Associate Professor Megan Munsie
Professor Ernst Wolvetang addressing the audience.