2014 MBI Colloquium



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.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Venue : Auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre - Main Campus University Map
Time: 8.00am registration. Program from 8.30am - 4.30pm.
Cost:Attendance is free, but all attendees must Register Online. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be supplied.


Colloquium Program

  • Official opening | Chancellor, University of Sydney
  • MBI Update | Prof Sorrell, Director, MBI
Session 1: Keynote Speakers
  • The trials of clinical trials in multiple resource poor countries with Crypto | Dr Jeremy Day, University of Oxford
  • Social networks, social media and social diseases | Professor Enrico Coiera, UNSW
  • How parasites became cosmopolitan | Professor Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney
Session 2: Animals, Humans and Plants
  • Herpes viruses – decimating our oyster populations | Professor Richard Whittington
  • Can cytomegalovirus (a beta herpes virus) be eliminated from the human host? | Professor Barry Slobedman
  • Fungal threats to global food security | Professor Robert Park
  • Fungal pathogens in Australian native animals | A/Professor Mark Krockenberger
Session 3: Regional Perspectives
  • HIV and STIs – Africa vs Asia | Professor David Lewis
  • Seasonal drivers of Arthropod-borne viruses in Australia - Jemma Geoghegan
  • Reducing the burden of endemic vector-borne disease in Australia: The role of urban planing, wetland rehabilitation and wildlife conservation | Dr Cameron Webb
Session 4: Snapshots
  • Encephalitis | Dr Phil Britton
  • Infection Control and Management of Clostridium Difficile | Brigid O’Sullivan
  • Infectious diseases at the wildlife-livestock interface | Anke Wiethoelter
  • Using WGS to assess the accuracy of MRSA molecular tests | Dr Grant Hill-Cawthorne
  • Modeling a rabies incursion into Northern Australia | Salome Durr
Session 5: Antimicrobial Resistance
  • The irresistible rise of resistant gram negative bacteria | Dr Tom Gottlieb
  • Mechanisms of drug resistance in gram negative bacteria | Professor Ian Paulsen
  • Molecular biology of Staphylococcus aureus multiresistance plasmids | Associate Professor Neville Firth
  • Gut microbiome and antimicrobial resistance | Associate Professor Andy 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 – 25 November 2014

The 3 best posters will be awarded with 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.

Structured poster abstracts must be received by 30 October 2014. [Word limit: 250 words]. Abstract must be submitted online.

Abstracts must be structured under the headings:

  • Study rationale
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion