BioFocus Research Conference 2016

BioFocus Research Conference 2016

Registration and abstract submission are now open.

The 6th annual BioFocus Research Conference will be held on Thursday, 15 December 2016 from 8.30am till 5.30pm. The conference will be held in the Macquarie Theatre at Macquarie University and registration is FREE.

This annual conference provides a platform for the multidisciplinary community at Macquarie to present and communicate our research, discuss research outcomes and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations spanning the fields of of biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry and medicine.

You and the members of your research group are invited to submit abstracts for your presentations. This year we will schedule oral presentation sessions and hold an interactive research discussion/poster session in the afternoon. Please submit an abstract even if you are only interested in the interactive research session. We especially encourage HDR students to apply, as this is a perfect opportunity to develop oral and poster presentation skills in a friendly, yet professional environment. A jury will provide feedback and prices are to be won! 

We look forward to your participation in what is sure to be a unique and stimulating multidisciplinary conference.

Abstract submission

Closes: Wednesday 16 November 2016

Submit abstracts via email to


Closes: Sunday 4 December 2016


Student prices for best oral and poster presentation are to be won!

Preliminary conference  program

Plenary speakers:

  Professor Andrew Abell

Professor Andrew Abell University of Adelaide; Adelaide Node leader Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics

Andrew graduated from the University of Adelaide with BSc(Hon) and PhD and then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge. He held a professorship at the University of Canterbury before returning to the University of Adelaide in 2007, where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and node director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics. His research interests are concerned with understanding the fundamental link between the chemical structure and shape of key biological molecules and their biological function. While his work is very much driven by fundamental science, he has always had a keen interest in pursuing associated commercial opportunities. The seed for this was sown with a sabbatical leave working as a visiting scientist, consultant and senior Fulbright Fellow with SmithKline Beecham (now GSK) in Philadelphia. In Adelaide he co-founded an Adelaide-based company (Calpain Therapeutics) to develop macrocyclic protease inhibitors as a potential treatment for cataract and other conditions. Past member of ARC College of Experts and Head of School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of Adelaide and also recent recipient of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Adrien Albert Prize and the Alexander R. Matzuk Prize and Lecture in Drug Discovery (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston).

Dr Nicholas Cole

Dr Nicholas Cole Senior Lecturer and Group Leader, Macquarie Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. B.Sc. University of Liverpool. PhD. St Andrews University, UK. First post-doctorate, Dundee University. Second post-doctorate, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney. Lectureship, The University of Sydney. Senior Lectureship, Macquarie University, Sydney.

Organized by:

MQ BioFocus Research Centre

Contact us

MQ BioFocus Research Centre
Conference Organising Committee: Annemarie Nadort, Lindsay Parker, Nima Sayyadi, Kelly Williams and Jennifer Fifita
T: (02) 9850 9547


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