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The Emerging Role of Microbiome
The Microbiome describes the genome of all the microorganisms that live in or on vertebrates. Emerging understanding and evolving technologies have opened research that focuses on the intestinal ecosystem and body surfaces in general, the influence of environments on the expression of the microbiome, and in turn, the influences of the microbiome on human health and disease.

Please join Associate Professor Mark Lane, alongside speakers Professor Ben Marsland, Dr Anil Asthana and Associate Professor Rinki Murphy for the Emerging role of the microbiome webinar, on Thursday, 20 August 2020 to further explore this topic.

Aug 20, 2020 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Professor Ben Marsland
Professor in the Department of Immunology and Pathology @Central Clinical School, Monash University
Ben is a veski innovation fellow, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Professor in the Department of Immunology and Pathology, within the Central Clinical School at Monash University. Originally from New Zealand, and completing his PhD in Immunology at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Otago University, he spent 14 years in Switzerland split between his Post-doc and Junior Group Leader positions at the ETH Zürich and then establishing his own laboratory as an Assistant, then tenured Associate Professor at the University Hospital of Lausanne. During this period, he was awarded the European Respiratory Society award for research in COPD, the ETH Latsis prize for research on T helper cell biology and the Leenaard’s prize for work on early life immunology. He has published over 100 papers in journals including Nature, Science, Nature Medicine and Immunity, co-founded two biotech companies and successfully bridged basic research with clinical studies and industry.
Dr Anil Asthana
Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr Anil Asthana is a specialist Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist. He completed his undergraduate medical degree from King’s College in London. Anil is both an accredited member from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a physician from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has expertise in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and his special interest includes the use of intestinal ultrasound (IUS) in IBD; he has published widely in peer-reviewed journals. He is the founding chair of GENIUS (Gastroenterological Network for Intestinal Ultrasonography) and organised the inaugural international bowel ultrasound conference in Melbourne, Australia. He is on the education committee for IBUS (International Bowel Ultrasound Group in IBD) and has a keen interest in functional gut disorders, particularly the brain-gut axis.
Associate Professor Rinki Murphy
Associate Professor of Medicine and Diabetologist @University of Auckland and Auckland District Health Board and Counties Manukau Health
Rinki Murphy is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland and diabetologist at Auckland District Health Board and Counties Manukau Health. She is a Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, a national centre of research excellence for metabolic diseases, infectious disease and cancer. Rinki’s research in diabetes and obesity spans genetics, physiology and clinical trials. She is an expert member of the international monogenic diabetes variant curation panel and part of the MyNewGut international microbiome consortium member “Microbiome Influence on Energy balance and Brain Development Function” and Microbiome Otago.