Neurodegeneration: from lab to clinic with systems biology

EMBL Australia

University of Melbourne, Tuesday 11 June

Understanding neurodegeneration is one of the big life science challenges. It’s attracting massive international investment but the complexity of the brain means there will be no simple answers.

That’s why we’ve chosen neurodegenerative diseases as the topic for the first Victorian Systems Biology Collaborative on Tuesday 11 June.

SBI Australia invite you to join an event hosted by the Bio21 Institute with:

Dr Danny Hatters, Prof Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis and Prof Collin Masters 

to explore neurodegeneration from a basic, translational, and clinical perspective 

and to discuss how integration of many different disciplines leads to a systems understanding of the complex and devastating process of neurodegeneration.

We will have three short presentations:

  • Dr Danny Hatters from Bio21 will talk about the development of an essential framework that facilitates basic research into the pathology of Huntington’s disease, and the proteins which cause this neurodegenerative condition
  • Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, a Monash University psychologist will discuss bringing clinical research into neuroimaging and investigating new biomarkers for imaging the progress of Huntington’s disease
  • Professor Colin Masters, Executive Director of the Mental Health Research Institute and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, will discuss his translational research which brings clinical and research knowledge together to develop better diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Followed by a Q&A session, a reception and networking opportunity, and the launch of the Enhancing Systems Biology in Victoria program. The program is being undertaken by SBI Australia and supported by the Victorian Government. It includes collaborative forums, symposia and workshops.
SBI Australia is a node of the Systems Biology Institute, Japan. SBI Australia is an initiative of EMBL Australia, and the headquarters are located at Monash University in Melbourne.
You can find out more about this program and future events at

Event details: Forum followed by a reception and networking event
Venue: Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Road, University of Melbourne
Time & Date: 4:00pm arrival for 4:30pm start on Tuesday 11 June. Reception from 6:00pm