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FAR into the Future of Health

Du 26 mars 2024 08:45
Au 28 mars 2024 15:30
University of Melbourne,


This series of events is back to promote French and Australian research in health sciences and innovation in the Indo-Pacific region, and to raise awareness on health and healthcare system issues. AFRAN is partnering with Sanofi, the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Sanofi and the Embassy of France to Australia to gather scientists, business representatives and experts of the sector!


26 March - The University of Melbourne – Conference Room 1019, 1020

8.45am-9.00am - Welcome & registration

9.00am-9.30am - Opening Speeches

9.30am-10.00am - Keynotes: Environmental changes and its impact on human health – Dr Tony Capon, Monash University - Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute

10.00am-10.30am = Break =

10.30am-12.00pm - Panel 1: Animal health and biosecurity (PREZODE initiative, Anti-Microbial Resistance…)

  • Chair: Dr Sam Hamilton, Acting Deputy CVO Federal Government
    • Dr Thomas Hüe, working with IRD New–Caledonia, Zoonose & migratory bird species
    • M Zeev Noga, PREZODE Secretary General
    • Dr Andy Flies, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Associate Professor of Immunology
    • Prof Lee Skerratt, University of Melbourne, Leader of the One Health Research Group
    • Dr Andy Sheppard, CSIRO, Chief Research Scientist
    • Prof Mark Blaskovich, University of Queensland, Director of Translation, ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance

12.00pm-1.00pm == Lunch Break == 

1.00pm-2.30pm - Panel 2:Infectious diseases: a global challenge (anti-microbial resistance, pandemic anticipation, emerging diseases…)

  • Chair: Prof Ian Henderson, University of Queensland, Executive Director of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience
    • Dr Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol, Institut Pasteur of New-Caledonia, Head of URE – Dengue & Arbovirus

    • Prof Tim Stinear, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne, Laboratory Head and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans

    • Prof Maxine Whittaker, James Cook University, Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases

    • Dr Nadège Rossi, Project Manager of the World Mosquito Program in New Caledonia
    • Mr Régis Launay, General Manager Vaccines Sanofi Australia New-Zealand

    • Prof Sharon Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

    • Prof Christian Doerig, RMIT University, Associate Dean, Biomedical Sciences Cluster, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences
    • Prof Mark Schembri, University of Queensland, Director, Centre for Superbug Solutions, IMB

    2.30pm-3.00pm = Break =

    3.00pm-4.30pm - French and Australian Medtech research and technologies pitches

    • Chair: TBC

    Introduction:  drug development and what it takes to forming spinn out companies

    • A/Prof Mark Smythe, Queensland University, Group Leader, Combinatorial chemistry and molecular design. He has formed different companies that have international reputation like Protagonist and Infensa
    • Mr Andrew Bowskill, Director Stakeholder engagement Queensland, MTP Connect


    o  M Sylver Schorgen, CEO of SF2I group and president of the OPEN NC digital cluster in New Caledonia

    o  M Simon Higgins, Market Access and Public Affairs Director at Ipsen

    o  M Robert Marino, CEO at Qubit Pharmaceuticals

    o  M Matthew Frith, Commercial and partnership director at Medtech Actuator

    o  Dr Mark Greenough, principal scientist at Tessara Therapeutics

    o  M Richard Macliver, Investment Manager & Program Lead at Medical Angels

    o  Dr Maryann Rakopoulos, Head of R&D activities at Servier Australia 

    o  Ms Rachel McAdam, Head of Medical Relations for L'Oreal Australia

    Others TBC

    5.30pm-7.30pm === Networking Cocktail === 

    27 March - The University of Melbourne – Conference Room 1019, 1020

    8.45am-9.00am - Welcome & registration

    9.00am-10.30am - Panel 3: Innovative Health: Our response to more complex and more frequent diseases (non-communicable diseases, Medtech solutions, medicine of precision, personalised medicine and diagnostics…)

    • Chair: Prof Susie Nilsson, CSIRO, Research director Biomedical Manufacturing

      • Dr Dominique Mégraoua, Head of the Health and Social Agency's Education Centre in New-Caledonia
      • Dr Fabien Lareyre, Hospital of Antibes Juan-les-Pins, Vascular Surgeon, Head of Department
      • Dr Maung Maung Oo, Director of Medical, Regulatory and Patient Affairs at Servier
      • Prof Mark Cook, St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Director of Clinical Neurosciences
      • Prof Nancy Baxter, University of Melbourne, Head of our Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
      • Distinguished Prof Magdalena PlebanskiRMIT, Director of Biomedical and Health Innovation Enabling Impact Platform
      • Prof Kate Schroder, University of Queensland, NHMRC Leadership Fellow - Group Leader Inflammasome Laboratory, IMB

    10.30am-11.00am = Break = 

    11.00am-12.30pm - Panel 4: Artificial Intelligence in medicine: solution or challenge? (AI potential in the healthcare system, data governance, ethical and regulation challenges…)

    • Chair: Prof. Karin Verspoor, RMIT, Dean of School of Computing Technologies

      • Dr Juliette Raffort-Lareyre, CHU Nice, Consultant in Medical Biology in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, winner of the Artificial Intelligence Woman Engineer Award
      • Prof. Eduard Hovy, Melbourne Connect, Executive Director
      • Dr Dimitri Perrin, Queensland University of Technology, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, head of the Biomedical Data Science group, Chief Investigator in the QUT Centre for Data Science, co-leading the Health and Biological Systems Domain
      • Prof Mario Alvarez-Jiminez, University of Melbourne, Professor Digital Mental Health, the Centre for Youth Mental Health & Chief of Orygen Digital
      • Dr Baptiste Couvy-Duchesne, Researcher at INRIA

    12.30pm-1.30pm == Lunch Break == 

    1.30pm-2.00am - Keynotes: Australian Global Health Alliance highlights in the Pacific - Dr Selina Lo Namchee, Executive Director AGHA

    2.00pm-3.30pm - Panel 5: Rethinking health: Sustainable healthcare system (decarbonation, One Health Initiative, democratisation of telemedicine, reduction of resource consumption and wastes…)

    • Chair: Prof Eugenie Kayak, University of Melbourne, Enterprise Professor, Sustainable Healthcare
      • Dr Philippe Carenco, CHU Nice, MD, Infection control practitioner
      • Prof Anne-Laure Mention, RMIT, Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling Impact Platform
      • Prof Wendy Chapman, University of Melbourne, Associate Dean of Digital Health and Informatics at the University of Melbourne
      • Dr Anne-Lise Chaber, University of Adelaide, One Health Senior Lecturer
      • Prof Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne, Deputy Director, Melb Climate Futures | Professor Environment, Climate & Global Health

    27 March - The Capitol, RMIT University

    4.30pm-7.00pm - Healthcare system: Application, Perception and Improvement - Refreshment will be served

    • Chair: Prof Andrew Steer, Director of Infection, Immunity and Global Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne


    • Prof Calum Drummond, RMIT, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President

    • Dr François-Ronan Dubois, The Embassy of France to Australia, Scientific and Higher Education Attaché 

    • Ms Siân Slade, University of Melbourne, Enterprise Fellow, PhD candidate in global health systems

    Panel discussion with Consumer’s intervention (1h10)

    • Mr Neil Coleconsumer, mental health issue
    • Ms Courtney Mutch, consumer, women health
    • Ms Sarah Collings, Patient Affairs Manager at Servier Australia
    • Dr Catarina AngDirector of the Australiasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery program at The Royal Women’s Hospital
    • A/Prof Mahesh JayaramConsultant psychiatrist at Ramsay Clinic Albert Road
    • Prof Rhonda Wilson, RMIT University, Professor of Mental Health Nursing (& digital health) - President Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
    • Ms Siân Slade, University of Melbourne, Enterprise Fellow, PhD candidate in global health systems

    28 March

    1.30pm-5.00pm - Laboratories and facilities tours 


    Du 26 mars 2024 08:45
    Au 28 mars 2024 15:30


    University of Melbourne, Woodward Conference Centre, Level 10, Law Building, 106/185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053,