Queers in Science - on Neurodiversity
** There will no longer be a live audience for this event. Instead it will be livestreamed in webinar format **
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. We are returning to Midsumma for the 3rd year running to present our Queers in Science Lecture Series. These lectures display the amazing work of queer scientists in areas of timely interest to the general public. This year’s two lectures are on the topics of Neurodiversity and First Nations Knowledge.
In this first instalment, we recognise that the brain of every individual is unique, meaning not everyone learns or thinks the same way. To reduce the stigma around neurodivergence and mental illness, we will explore not only the science behind it, featuring queer neuroscientists with expertise, but also have a panel discussion with neurodivergent individuals sharing their day-to-day experience. After the lecture, light refreshments will be served and attendees have the opportunity to mingle and interact with the speakers.
Dr Emma Burrows
Dr Emma Burrows leads a laboratory of enthusiastic people at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Her team train mice to play games on touch-screens to learn about how genetic mutations linked to autism can change a mouse’s ability to learn and pay attention. Emma hopes a greater understanding of brain differences will help to mitigate challenges faced by some people on the autism spectrum.
Kate Huckstep (they/them) is a queer PhD student at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, where they are currently researching Alcohol Use Disorder. They are fascinated by happens in the brain when people experience alcohol addiction and are passionate about finding new potential treatments for this debilitating yet highly stigmatised disease. Kate is also an avid science communicator, hosting both a regular science comedy podcast (Curiosity Killed the Rat), and a science radio show (Radio Sci-Lens) on the University of Melbourne’s student radio station.
Liam Leyden is currently completing his PhD at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. He is interested in investigating mechanisms of learning and memory by using cutting-edge microscopy techniques.
Dr Daphne Cohen
Dr Daphne Cohen is an emergency physician-in-training, currently working in clinical forensic medicine. She is a published poet, bioethicist, aspiring novelist, and all-round overachiever.
Dr Sophia Frentz
Sophia has a PhD in Genetics and a large number of opinions on the intersections between science, technology, and society. Sophia is currently a Data Consultant at Eliiza and is based in Melbourne, Australia. They received one of Out for Australia’s 30 under 30 Awards in 2020 and are now a Non-Executive Director for this organisation.