One Health seeks root cause understanding and effective solutions to emergent infectious and acquired diseases through, fundamental stem cell and regenerative medical science, public health and environmental remedies, working to advance the health of all species and the varied places in which they live.

The Science on the Swan conference and associated workshops provide an opportunity to interact with global research leaders in this important 21st century field.

The conference will be opening by Aboriginal Elder, Dr Richard Walley, and Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall and will be closed by Australian of the Year 2006, Professor Ian Frazer.

Speakers will include:

Lyme-Like Disease in Australia – A Tick-Borne Illness?
Professor Una Ryan, Murdoch University

Professor Ryan is a biochemist researching parasites and infectious agents. Her research area is the molecular epidemiology of infectious agents, particularly the use of genotyping tools for improving detection methods and for studying transmission dynamics. Her group works on the molecular epidemiology of enteric parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia and blood borne parasites such as Babesia, Theileria and Trypanosomes, and novel therapeutics for pathogens.

In 2000, she received the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year from the Prime Minister of Australia for her work in isolating a method of diagnosing parasites.


Antibiotic Allergy: Putting the Genie back into the Bottle
Associate Professor Michaela Lucas, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UWA

Associate Professor Michaela Lucas is a Clinical Immunologist/ Immunopathologist at the adult tertiary Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Pathwest Laboratory Medicine in Perth, Western Australia. Her main research interests are in T-cell immunology, with special emphasis on interplay of innate and adaptive immunity during chronic viral infection, transplantation immunology and drug hypersensitivity.

Clinically, Michaela overseas the Drug Allergy Services at two tertiary hospitals. She is the elected chair of the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy(ASCIA) Drug Allergy working party and is the project leader for Drug Allergy for the National Allergy Strategy.


From Fossils to Faeces – The Many and Varied Applications of Characterising Ancient, Degraded and Trace DNA
Professor Michael Bunce, Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University, Perth
Mike Bunce is currently the head of the Trace and Environmental DNA (TrEnD) Laboratory situated within the Department of Environment and Agriculture at Curtin University. Professor Bunce completed his undergraduate degree at Lincoln University (NZ), his PhD in medical research at the Australian National University. He completed post-doctoral positions at Oxford (UK) and McMaster (Canada) Universities before moving to Western Australia in 2006 to start his own laboratory.

The TrEnD lab specialises in using next generation DNA sequencing to characterise degraded DNA samples for use in a wide variety of biological applications including biodiversity assessment, palaeontology, archaeology, forensics, food-webs, biosecurity, conservation and human health.


These are just three of the 40 speakers presenting at Science on the Swan. Visit the website here for more details and to register.

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