[ASC-list] Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne, Wed 27th April, 6:30pm

David Vaux D.Vaux at latrobe.edu.au
Tue Apr 19 02:36:34 UTC 2011

Free ANZAAS talk, Melbourne Wed 27th April, 6:30pm

All welcome, no booking needed.  Bring your friends!
At: Gene Technology Access Centre, 1H Royal Parade, Parkville
Free drinks and pizza after the talk

Professor Charles Mackay
Monash University

"Diet, gut microbes and inflammatory diseases"

Something about western lifestyle is leading to an increased incidence of asthma, as well as diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. There is now compelling evidence that our diet, and the effect this has on the makeup of our gastrointestinal microbes is affecting inflammatory diseases. In addition, the probiotic industry is based on the concept that "good" bacteria positively influence immune health and protection against pathogens. One of the reasons this area of research has remained on the fringe of respectable science has been that none of the molecular pathways explaining how diet or gut microbes regulate immune health. The presentation will outline some exciting new developments from around the world which have uncovered molecules from diet and gut microbes which are essential for proper functioning of the immune system.

Professor Mackay is an international authority in the field of leukocyte migration. His research aims to understand mechanisms of immune cell migration, particularly with respect to inflammation, and the translation of this into new therapeutics for inflammatory diseases and cancers. Professor Mackay is an eminent Australian immunologist who has made clearly identifiable contributions to fundamental immunology as well as biotechnology and the development of new anti-inflammatory therapies.

Professor Mackay joined Monash University in 2009. Previous postions held include as Director of the Immunology and Inflammation Research Program at the Garvan Institute, and Director of Immuonology at Millennium Biotherapeutics in Cambridge, MA USA.

He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from Monash University and a PhD from the Department of Veterinary Pre-clinical Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science


Enter off Story Street or Royal Parade. GTAC is at the south-western end of University High School's oval

ANZAAS Vic is pleased to acknowledge the support by GTAC, CSL and La Trobe University for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series

Further Info:         Peter Kemeny       0409 028 165                peter.kemeny at gmail.com<mailto:peter.kemeny at gmail.com>


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