BioFocus Research Conference 2015

BioFocus Research Conference 2015

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 presentations sessions and a poster session in the afternoon. 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: Friday 13 November 2015

Submit abstracts via email to


Closes: Sunday 6 December 2015


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

Preliminary conference  program

Plenary speakers:

  • Prof. George Paxinos (UNSW) is a pioneer of brain and spinal cord mapping. Impressively, he is the author of the most cited publication (>53,000 citations) in the field of neuroscience internationally: The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates, which is also the third most cited book in all scientific disciplines. His work has identified more than 90 nuclei in rat and human brains and he has contributed invaluable systematic descriptions of developing and/or adult chicken, small mammal and primate (including human) brains. We are looking forward to his exciting talk on Brain, Behaviour and Evolution.
  • A/Prof. Linda Bendall (USyd) is the Head of the Leukemia Cell Biology Group, and has a distinguished research porfolio in translational in vitro and in vivo work contributing to the understanding and treatment of leukemia. Her research focuses on the identification of microenvironmental factors that regulate normal hematopoietic and leukemic cell biology.   Her cross-disciplinary talk will be of interest to many research groups at Macquarie University. 

Invited speaker:

  • Prof. Yves De Deene (MQ) recently joined the Department of Engineering at Macquarie University. He will share with us his recent research on using humanoid shaped hydrogel phantoms and MRI to safeguard treatments based on high-precision radiotherapy. His research in the field of MRI and radiation dosimetry is truly outstanding with papers that are cited over a few hundreds of times. We are looking forward to his talk that will attract many disciplines.

Organized by:

MQ BioFocus Research Centre

Contact us

MQ BioFocus Research Centre
Conference Organising Committee: Annemarie Nadort, Lindsay Parker, Varun Sreenivasan
T: (02) 9850 9547


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