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Florey Daytime Lectures


All lectures are held at the Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, from 11.00 - 12.15.

Cost and Bookings
Free but booking essential via the buttons below.
Getting there
Reasonably priced parking, including many disability spaces, is available under the Kenneth Myer Building with lift access to the auditorium.  Bring some gold coins for the ticketing machine.
Public transport
Take tram 19 on Elizabeth Street, heading away from the city to stop 11, Melbourne University. Cross the road to the Kenneth Myer Building. Look for the Dr Dax cafe sign and you'll know you're there.



Tuesday, 4th April, 11.00am


Stroke Research and Treatment
Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO Director of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Prof Chris Bladin and Prof Amy Brodtmann

To launch our free public lecture series for 2017, we are bringing together three renowned Melbourne neurologists. This presents a rare opportunity to hear the latest news in stroke research and treatment from three stroke experts. There will then be time for you to ask questions.

Wednesday, 7th June, 11.00am


Motor Neurone Disease: The Chase for a Cure
Dr Bradley Turner
Dr Bradley Turner is a molecular biologist and neuroscientist who trained at the University of Melbourne and University of Oxford and has been researching MND for over a decade.
Neurodegenerative diseases have a devastating impact on quality of life and impose a tremendous burden on the health care system. Among neurodegenerative conditions, motor neuro-degenerative diseases are the among the most rapidly fatal, with increasing disability and death within 2-3 years from symptom onset.
Dr Bradley Turner's laboratory is primarily focused on understanding the molecular basis of motor neuron disease (MND), also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They are also interested in other motor neurodegenerative disorders, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), more commonly known as Kennedy's disease.
In this lecture Dr Turner will present the latest information on the chase for a cure to this devastating disease, from immune-inspired treatments to gene therapies.

Tuesday, 27th June, 11.00am


The Brain is the Boss!
Prof Clive May, and special guest Prof Ronaldo Bellomo, Director, Intensive Care at Austin Health.
Prof Clive May is Head of the Florey's Neurocardiovascular Laboratory where he and his team research neural control of the heart. Heart failure continues to be a major health problem, with an increasing number of deaths attributed to heart failure, and increasing costs associated with care. Prof May's other main interest is in sepsis – the often fatal bacterial infection that can occur after surgery. He and his team are aiming to identify the onset of kidney failure that results from sepsis, so that intensive care units can intervene much more quickly than is currently possible. In this lecture Prof May will talk about how the brain plays a crucial role in heart and kidney disease.
Prof May will be joined by a special guest, Prof Ronaldo Bellomo, director of intensive care at Austin Health.

Tuesday, 11th July, 11.00am

Alzheimer's Disease: Inside the "Rustry Brain"
Prof Ashley Bush & Dr Scott Ayton
This lecture will be presented by one of the Florey's most renowned speakers Prof Ashley Bush, head of the Florey Oxidation Biology Unit: Neurodegeneration. You will also hear from Dr Scott Ayton who also works in the field of neurodegeneration, interrogating how neurones live, die and can be rescued to improve brain function in degenerative conditions. Together Prof Bush and Dr Ayton will take you on an exploration of the "rusty brain" to unravel the tangled world of iron in Alzheimer's disease.
Tuesday, 8th August
Addiction and the Obesity Epidemic
Dr. Robyn Brown
In 2016 Dr Brown's lecture was the surprise packet of our daytime lecture series. Back by popular demand this year, Dr Robyn Brown will again take a fascinating and informative look at addiction and its link to obesity.
Robyn Brown is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow at the Florey. In 2011 Robyn was awarded a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship from the American Australian Association to go and undertake postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Peter Kalivas in the USA where she contributed to a number of high impact studies investigating neuroplasticity in drug addiction. Her current research focus is investigating the neural mechanisms underlying addictive disorders such as drug addiction and pathological over-eating using a combination of techniques including behavioural pharmacology, optogenetics and electrophysiology.
Bookings open 1st May
Tuesday, 22nd August
Imaging the Pathways of the Brain
Prof Graeme Jackson
In this lecture, Prof Graeme Jackson will talk about contemporary imaging techniques, especially imaging the pathways in the living brain - from opera singers and musicians to epileptic teenagers.
The Florey's Imaging and Epilepsy group is at the forefront of unravelling the structural and functional abnormalities in the human brain that are associated with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. The group includes several collaborating laboratories, each with multidisciplinary teams of scientists, capable of utilising and advancing cutting-edge neuroimaging technology to address key biological questions in health and disease. Major areas of research include the study of brain networks, connectivity, cognition and injury; neuroimaging analysis methods development / neuroinformatics; and clinical translation to improved patient care.
Bookings open 1st May 
Tuesday, 12th September
The Healthy Brain Project
Dr Yen Ying Lim
Have you ever wondered about medical research studies or even wished to be part of one? Come along to hear about the Healthy Brain Project, a community-based initiative to understand optimal health and aging.
Dr Lim is one of a group of neuroscientists based at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute, who are committed to investigating why some people develop brain diseases and why others don't. This will help us develop behavioural and pharmacological strategies to combat brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Your interest and participation in this project can make a big difference, and we thank you for your time and your commitment.
This 5 year online study is recruiting middle aged people with a family history of dementia.
Bookings open 1st May
Tuesday, 14th November
Genetics and our Future Health
Associate Prof Justin Rubio
What are genes? How do they work? How might gene therapy help to treat or even prevent disease in the future?
Dr Justin Rubio will present a lecture about genes and the dynamic impact that gene research may have on our health. Justin's primary focus is MS the most common neurodegenerative disease in young adults, affecting over 20,000 people in Australia.
Under Justin's supervision the neurogenetics lab aims to characterise the role of genes in human brain diseases to improve biological and mechanistic understanding, thus facilitating the development of better therapies. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a major area of research focus, with current work focussing on the role of genomic mutation in brain cells on disease development and progression.
Bookings open 1st May