Science on the Swan: One Health

The Science on the Swan conference is being held in Fremantle this year from 2-4 May 2017.

The theme is titled ‘One Health‘.

The Perron Institute is proud to be sponsoring the welcome reception at Bathers Beach House on Monday night 1st May.

Speakers include: Our Patron, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia, Co-Chair, Murdoch DVC Research, Professor David Morrison, and our Director Professor Steve Wilton.

16 year old Billy Ellsworth and his mother Terri from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, made a special appearance and spoke to the Governor about their experiences and first trip to Australia. Billy is still walking due to the clinical trial of a drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, developed by Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher at our Institute. Exondys 51 received accelerated approval by the US FDA last year and the mobility of Billy and other kids on the trial was highlighted as an example of research translation in this state; turning laboratory research into positive outcomes for the community. Several groups are working together on the complex task of making the drug accessible to others in need, including in Australia.

The Opening Keynote on Tuesday 2nd May is by Professor Barry Marshall AC, nobel laureate, “How Advances in technology enable unexpected breakthroughs in medicine: examples from the 2005 Nobel Prize” and the Closing Keynote on Thursday 4th May is by Professor Ian Frazer AC, President of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science and Australian of the year 2006.

Topics in relation to the One Health theme of the conference include the microbiome, biobanks, health and sustainable development, antibiotic allergy, life and science aboard the International Space Station, the role of the veterinarian, stem cells, cancer and the environment, sleep and light based instrumentation for health.

Speakers range from local and national universities and countries such as Tanzania, Japan, Singapore, India, UK, USA, China and Switzerland.