2012 SEIB Colloquium

The annual SEIB Colloquium is being held on the 11 and 12 October 2012 at the University of Sydney.

The colloquium will be opened by Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor and Principal; and Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean Sydney Medical School.

Who should attend

The colloquium is open to anyone with an interest in the areas of emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity, with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

This colloquium is a great opportunity for academics, health professionals and students to be updated on current developments.

The event will provide many opportunities for both interaction and networking, fostering new partnerships, and to explore opportunities for research collaboration.


Attendance is free, but all attendees must register online.

  • Afternoon tea will be supplied on day one.
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be supplied on day two.

Day One (Thursday, 11 October)

Venue : The Quad Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle - Main Campus University Map
Registration commences 12.00pm

Presentations include:

  • What can we predict about disease emergence | Dr Eddie Holmes
  • Global biosecurity - priorities and conflicting political agendas | Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott
  • Elimination of soil transmitted helminths and lymphatic filariasis in Timor Leste | Professor Peter McMinn
  • Assessing the problem of tropical lymph oedema | Professor Sharon Kilbreath
  • How diet shapes our gut microbiota | Associate Professor Andy Holmes
  • Lessons from a drosophila model | Dr Fleur Ponton
  • Perspectives from the ICU | Professor Jon Iredell
  • Approaches to bacterial populations under selection pressure | Professor Ian Paulsen
  • Soil health and microbial ecology | Professor John Crawford

Day one will close at 5.30pm

Day Two (Friday, 12 October)

Venue : Nursing Lecture Theatre - 88 Mallett Street, Camperdown Transport Information on getting to the Mallett Street Campus.

Registration commences 8.00am

Presentations include:

  • Hepatitis - Australian and SE Asian perspectives | Dr Mark Douglas
  • Tuberculosis - new advances in diagnosis, vaccine development and local/regional leadership | Professor Warwick Britton and Associate Professor Jamie Triccas
  • TB control and elimination - legal/ethical issues | Professor Belinda Bennett and Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
  • Zoonoses that threaten Australia | Associate Professor Helen Scott-Orr and Associate Professor Jenny-Ann Toribio
  • Local issues and building regional capacity for HIV and STI management | Associate Professor Richard Hillman and Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar
  • Encephalitis - a marker of emerging infections | Professor Robert Booy and Professor Cheryl Jones
  • Health communication strategies | Professor Gerard Goggin
  • Innovative decision-making assistance | Dr Julie Leask
  • The use of social media and mobile digital devices for health: A sociological perspective | Dr Deborah Lupton
  • Initiatives with farmers in rural Indonesia | Professor Merrilyn Walton
  • Monitoring cryptococcal meningitis in a developing country | Brendan McMullan
  • Active TB case finding in Vietnam | Greg Fox
  • Community-based approaches to TB control in Eastern Indonesia | Christa Dewi
  • Internal microbiota - an ecological approach | Orie Gilad
  • Effect of different types of dietary fat on inflammation and microbiota | Connie Ha
  • Economic decision making - Japanese encephalitis as a case study | Sarah-Jane Wilson
  • Comparison of methodologies used to evaluate liposomal antibiotic nanoparticles | Hui Ong
  • Influenza surveillance from clinical specimens with mass spectrometry | Neil Fernandes
  • Infection control and tuberculosis in PNG highlands hospitals | Beverley Hall
  • Malnutrition and food-borne disease | Dr Siobhan Mor
  • Maternal and malnutrition and infant mortality | Professor Heather Jeffery
  • Food security - political implications | Monika Barthwal-Datta
  • Food safety - monitoring and surveillance systems | Associate Professor Vitali Sintchenko


Registrations have closed.

Abstract call

We are calling for poster/presentation abstracts by post-graduate students working in any area related to infectious disease. The best abstracts will be included in the SEIB colloquium booklet, which will also contain abstracts and short personal profiles of the invited speakers. Inclusion in the booklet will “show case” the most exciting projects within the SEIB community and facilitate linkage with other groups who share similar interests. The booklet will also be made available on the SEIB website.

There will be not be any expectation to display a poster or present.

We invite all students who submit abstracts (or anyone with a keen infectious diseases interest) to join us for the colloquium. The best abstract will be awarded a $250 cash prize.

Abstracts must be received by 1 October 2012. Please submit your 200-250 word abstract to seib@sydney.edu.au.