Queers in Science : Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Queer scientists talking about areas of imminent interest

During Midsumma, Queers in Science is presenting a lecture series displaying the amazing work of queer scientists in Victoria. This year’s lectures series will talk about timely topics such as Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and effects of environmental pollution.

Queers In Science is an Australian initiative aiming to build community and improve support for LGBTQIA+ people working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.

Speaker 1 - A Retirement Postponed by a Virus
Professor Michael J Toole
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Michael has extensive experience in a range of international health areas. In this lecture, he will share his work in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last 12 months. He will also focus on his personal experiences interacting with the media (> 500 media engagements).

Speaker 2: COVID-19 – a testing time
Professor Deborah Williamson

Doherty Institute / Royal Melbourne Hospital / Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Director of Microbiology, Lab Head, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow

This talk will cover aspects of laboratory testing for COVID-19, and how different technologies were applied in the response to COVID-19.

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Professor Michael J Toole

Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Toole (he/him) has more than 45 years of experience working in the health sector in 40 low and middle income countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific. He is a medical epidemiologist and public health physician, with expertise in maternal and child health, including nutrition; communicable disease control, including HIV prevention and care; health security; sexual and reproductive health; and public health in conflict-affected and refugee populations.

He is currently the technical adviser to the Know-C19 Knowledge Hub and senior nutrition adviser at the Burnet Institute. Between 1995 and 2012, he was the Head of the Institute’s Centre for International Health, providing technical and management leadership to this 150-person unit based in both Melbourne and a number of overseas offices supporting a range of community health research and development projects in the Asia-Pacific region and Southern Africa.

Between 1986 and 1995, he worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he coordinated CDC’s public health response to complex humanitarian emergencies. He was a founding board member of MSF Australia and was a member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel (2004-2011), Three Diseases Fund for Burma (2007-2013), and the International Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (2010-2017) and is a member of the assessment panel of the Fund for Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises. He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Professor Deborah Williamson

Doherty Institute / Royal Melbourne Hospital / Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Director of Microbiology, Lab Head, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow

Professor Deborah Williamson is a Clinical and Public Health Microbiologist and Professor / Director of Microbiology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Doherty Institute. She is also a laboratory head in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne and a Dame Kate Campbell Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is an NHMRC Investigator Grant recipient, received a L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship in 2017 and was awarded the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Frank Fenner Award in 2020.

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Dates & Times

WHEN Wed 21 Apr 6:30pm
DURATION 1hr

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FULL $12.00
CONC $10.00
MEMBER $8.00 - Museum Member
ONLINE $5.00 - Livestreamed - Webinar

Location

Melbourne Museum

11 Nicholson St, Carlton

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Parliament

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86, 96 to stop 11

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