Science on the Swan, 2017

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The three-day annual international medical conference, Science on the Swan, was held in Fremantle, Perth on 2 – 4 May 2017.

The conference was attended by medical health experts, scientists and distinguished professionals across Australia and internationally, showcasing the some of the best medical science and health research in Western Australia. The theme of the conference was ‘One Health’ - focusing on how population growth, climate change, lifestyle shifts and modern transport interact to increase the risk of emergent diseases that affect us all on a global scale.

The conference and associated workshops provided an opportunity to interact with global research leaders in this important 21st century field.

The Honourable Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health opened the conference and announced the 2017 round of the State Government’s Premier’s Science Fellowship Program - Now open.

Other notable guest speakers included; Professor Barry Marshall AC, Nobel Laureate; Professor Ian Frazer, AC, President, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, Australian of the Year 2006; Professor Alan Mackay-Smith, Australian of the Year, 2017, Professor Fiona Wood AM, Australian of the Year, 2005, Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Imperial College London, UK, Professor Carmen Lawrence, Former Premier of Western Australia, School of Psychology, UWA; and Dr Robyn Williams, AM, Science Journalist and Broadcaster, The Science Show and Ockham's Razor.

More information about the conference proceedings can be found HERE.

We look forward to the 2018 Science on the Swan conference which will be hosted by the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Notre Dame Australia, focusing on Child and Aboriginal Health research.

Science on the Swan is initiated and run as a collaborative venture of the Western Australian Health Translation Network by all five of WA’s universities: The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the University of Notre Dame together with The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, the Telethon Kids Institute, the key teaching and research hospitals and the WA Government through the Department of Health and the Office of Science.