Study 2013: Postgraduate Information Evening - Speakers
Professor Robert Cumming - International Careers in Public Health
Learn more about your opportunities in International Public Health though Professor Robert Cumming’s keynote presentation International Careers in Public Health.
Professor Cumming is Director of the Master of International Health program. Bob's main international work is in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Uganda. He has a special interest in health problems that affect older people, including the impact of HIV/AIDS and the need for grandparents to care for orphaned grandchildren. He has also been a WHO Advisor in Cambodia and Indonesia, assisting with development of locally initiated research projects.
Associate Professor Tim Driscoll - Is Prevention Really the Answer?
Associate Professor Driscoll’s main research interests include the burden of disease and injury arising from occupational exposures; prevention and control of risk factors for occupational cancer, lung disease and injury; and the use of data systems for injury and disease surveillance, particularly in an occupational context. He has a particular interest and experience in the investigation of concerns about cancer in a work-related setting.
Associate Professor Tim Driscoll explains some of public health’s controversies and challenges.
Professor Simon Chapman - Making Smoking History: Public Health Advocacy in Action
Professor Chapman has worked for many years championing public health causes. He has been particularly inspirational in taking on the powerful tobacco industry, successfully lobbying for measures to reduce the uptake, usage availability of tobacco products.
Professor Chapman shares insights on more than 30 years advocating tobacco control including the recent campaign for plain packaging. Join him and find out more about public health advocacy.
HIV, STIs & Sexual Health - Why Would You Want to Study Anything Else?
Associate Professor Richard Hillman & Dr. Spring Cooper Robbins
Associate Professor Hillman initially trained a general physician in Edinburgh, Scotland and developed an interest in STIs and HIV whilst working in London. He currently runs the University's Masters program and is President of the peak Australasian training body, the Chapter of Sexual Health Physicians, at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. His research interests include the relationship between HIV, STIs and cancers.
Dr Spring Cooper Robbins is a social researcher with academic qualifications in public health, health promotion, and sexuality. Her PhD focused on the sexual health education implications of menstrual attitudes and knowledge among women of varying socio-economic status in the United States. Her current research interests are in adolescent sexual health, health promotion, health communication, and prevention of disease through behaviour change and vaccination.
The talk will cover the breadth of topics within HIV, STIs & Sexual Health, from fundamental molecular mechanisms, through therapeutics and biobehavioural interventions, to death & dying. The large number of exciting career opportunities, both locally and internationally, will also be discussed.
Postgraduate Research and Scholarship Opportunities at SMS
Professor Jillian Kril
Professor Kril is Professor of Neuropathology and Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research) at the Sydney Medical School. She has responsibility for the admission, monitoring and award of higher degrees by research.
This presentation will outline the breadth of research opportunities at Sydney Medical School and the types of higher degree training available. Prof Kril will also give an overview of available scholarships and the application process.
Why Study Health Policy?
Dr Anne Marie Thow
Anne Marie Thow is a lecturer in health policy, based at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. Dr Thow completed her PhD, examining the relationship and interaction between economic policy and public health nutrition. Dr Thow has been active in advocating for trade agreements that improve health, and has also consulted to the World Health Organization on childhood obesity prevention.
Learn more about the opportunities in studying health policy at the University of Sydney. Policy determines priorities for health care and shapes the preventive health environment – influencing everything from access to care to population health.
Where does Brain and Mind Sciences Take You?
Associate Professor Wayne Reid
Associate Professor Wayne Reid has worked as a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist in the NSW health system as well as conducted research at the University of Sydney, and the Parkinson’s Disease Research Project at Westmead Hospital. His current position is Director and Course Coordinator for the Postgraduate Program in Brain and Mind Sciences at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine University of Sydney.
This talk will provide an overview of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, the exciting research programmes being undertaken at the BMRI and the curriculum.
What you’ve always wanted to know about Infection and Immunity, but were too afraid to ask
Dr Jim Manos
Dr Manos has over 20 years experience as a bacteriologist and bacterial geneticist. He is Head of the Bacterial Pathogens in Cystic Fibrosis group and a Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology. He is the coordinator of the Infection and Immunity Graduate Studies program in the Department.
Dr Manos will outline the benefits of undertaking a postgraduate coursework degree in Infection and Immunity, the degree options open to students and give brief outline of the course content.
Clinical Trials - the highest level of evidence
Ms Kristy Mann
Kristy is a biostatistician at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. She helps design, analyse and interpret clinical trials in many fields, including cardiovascular, neonatal and oncology. She also runs short courses for clinicians and medical staff such as “Introduction to Clinical Trials” and is a unit coordinator for units of study in the Master in Clinical Trials Research.
This presentation will be most interest to clinicians and other health professionals who would like to design and lead their own clinical trials or who would like to be involved in trials through a larger organisation.