2013 MBI Colloquium

The 2013 MBI Colloquium will be held on Thursday, 5 December 2013 at the New Law School, University of Sydney.

The colloquium will be opened by Professor Tania Sorrell, Director, MBI.

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.

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be supplied.

Venue - Thursday, 5 December 2013

Venue : New Law Schoo Lecture Theatre - Main Campus University Map
Registration commences : 9.00am

The conference will commence at 9.30am.

Note: The official launch of MBI will be held prior to the colloquium in the New Law Building Foyer commecing at 8.20am. MBI will be opened by Her Excellency Marie Bashir; Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor; and Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean Sydney Medical School. All Colloquium attendees are invited to attend the launch.

Morning Presentations

  • A one-health approach to emerging bat zoonotic viruses: from Hendra to Hollywood | Professor Linfa Wang
  • Comparative genome analysis of antibiotic resistant bacteria | Dr Kathryn Holt
  • Soil health and Biosecurity | Professor Alex McBratney
  • Tassie Devil on the brink of extinction | Professor Kathy Belov
  • Eliminating lymphatic filariasis and yaws from the Island of Timor | Professor Peter McMinn
  • The Transformation of Global Health Governance | Professor Colin McInnes
  • What’s in a name - paratuberculosis | Professor Richard Whittington

Parallel Sessions

Session 1
  • New tools to analyse disease and activity using social media | A/Professor Rafael Calvo
  • A One Health perspective on infectious disease and food security | A/Professor Robyn Alders
  • Challenges of integrated health care delivery and outcome measurement | A/Professor Alexandra Martiniuk
  • One health in practice: can emerging infectious disease (EID) be regulated? | Dr Chris Degeling
Session 2
  • Impact of climate change on malaria and salmonella | Dr Ying Zhang
  • Using genomics to understand the epidemiology of drug resistant tuberculosis | Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne
  • Diet and the microbiome on teeth | Dr Christina Adler
  • The animal human interface – spill over and spill back | Dr Karrie Rose

Afternoon Session

  • CRE in tuberculosis | A/Professor Ben Marais
  • CRE in critical infections | Professor Jon Iredell
  • NCIRS and CRE in vaccination | Professor Peter McIntyre
  • Why do RNA viruses recombine? | Professor Eddie Holmes



Student Posters

We are calling for posters by post-graduate students and post-docs working in any area related to infectious disease and/or biosecurity.

The best poster abstracts will be included in the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity (MBI) colloquium booklet, which will also contain abstracts and short personal profiles of the invited speakers. Inclusion in the booklet will “show case” the exciting projects within the MBI community and facilitate linkage with other groups who share similar interests. The booklet will also be made available on the MBI website. Posters of all selected abstracts should be displayed on the day of the colloquium – 5 December 2013.

The 3 best posters will be awarded with cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 respectively – during the closing ceremony.

We invite all students who submit abstracts (and anyone with a keen infectious diseases interest) to join us for the colloquium and the official MBI launch of the new Marie Bashir Institute.

Structured poster abstracts must be received by 1 November 2013. [Word limit: 200-250 words]. Please submit abstracts to mbi@sydney.edu.au Abstracts must be structured under the headings:

  • Study rationale
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion