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Science Lands in Parliament

On Tuesday 5 September, the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR), held the ‘Science Lands in Parliament’ event at Parliament House in Perth.


Professor Peter Klinken, WA Chief Scientist, and the Deputy Premier at Science Lands in Parliament.
Professor Peter Klinken, WA Chief Scientist, and the Deputy Premier at Science Lands in Parliament.

The event was designed to ignite conversations about the value of WA Health and Medical Research between WA Researchers and State Parliamentarians. It was hosted by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Mental Health, the Honourable Mr. Roger Cook.

The evening proved to be very successful with approximately 60 delegates, including senior management from WA Universities and Research Institutions, attending the poster session. It follows on from previous events organised by Dr Ross Graham in 2013 and 2015.

Curtin University, and particularly the School of Biomedical Science, was well represented this year. Nine of the twenty WA research abstracts were primarily affiliated with Curtin University (45%), and 25% of all presenting researchers were primarily affiliated with the School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University.

ASMR members from Curtin University were critical in the organisation of this year’s event. The symposium organisation team was chaired by Dr Kevin Keane, and included Dr Evelyne Deplazes, Dr Ross Graham, Abhishek Singh and Abhijeet Deshmukh, all from the School of Biomedical Sciences. The team also included colleagues from UWA, including Sarah Henn, Royston Ong, Wayne Aston and Dr Scott Fisher.

Contributed by Dr Kevin Keane