The Faculty will be hosting a half day event to showcase the exciting research happening in our schools and centres.

Learn about collaborations with clinical colleagues and others across UQ, cutting-edge work being undertaken by our early and mid career researchers and hear special addresses from keynote speakers.

We hope to see you there for an opportunity to meet colleagues, spark collaborations and celebrate our achievements which are making a difference to global health outcomes. 

Keynote speakers

Professor Lyn GriffithsProfessor Lyn Griffiths

Professor Lyn Griffiths is Executive Director of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), QUT’s health and medical research institute. As the head of IHBI, Professor Griffiths leads a significant research team and sees it as her mission to inspire the next generation of Australian researchers to make the most of funding opportunities to improve human health.

An active and respected molecular geneticist with more than 28 years’ experience, Professor Griffiths has brought business acumen to medical research to increase IHBI’s influence and its impact on human health. She is a passionate advocate for translational research and believes it’s time for Australia to capitalise on its reputation for world-class biomedical research by unlocking its enormous commercial potential. In relation to this, she currently is Director of the nationwide and industry supported Bridge and BridgeTech programs, which provide commercialisation training for the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, respectively.

Professor Griffiths’ own genetics research has led to diagnostic breakthroughs for several neurogenetic disorders, including familial migraine, ataxia, epilepsy and hereditary stroke.  Her research has identified potential therapeutic targets and she has been involved in clinical trials for migraine, MS and Alzheimer’s disease.  Her research has appeared in more than 350 peer-reviewed international journals, including Nature, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and Nature Neurology.

Professor David WhitemanProfessor David Whiteman

Professor David Whiteman is a medical epidemiologist with a special interest in the causes, control and prevention of cancer. He received his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1991, and his PhD in cancer epidemiology in 1997. Professor Whiteman has an international reputation for research into melanoma and skin cancer, and the public health aspects of cancer control. He is Principal Investigator of QSKIN, a large prospective cohort study which has gathered clinical, phenotypic and genetic data on more than 45,000 people to unravel the causes of skin cancer. In addition to his research activities, he is Deputy Director of QIMR Berghofer, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and Honorary Fellow of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. In 2019, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to cancer epidemiology.

Associate Professor Maree ToombsAssociate Professor Maree Toombs

Associate Professor Maree Toombs is a proud Kamilaroi/Kooma woman from north-western New South Wales and is the Director of Indigenous Health (Teaching & Research) at the Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Medicine and a Children’s Hospital Foundation Early Career Fellow.

Associate Professor Toombs is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in Indigenous health perspectives in medicine and her research efforts devoted to improving mental health and wellbeing for Indigenous Australians, in particular managing chronic physical illness and mental health including suicide intervention. Associate Professor Toomb is the lead CI on three NHMRC grants, and a CI on a further 6 NHMRC and other organisation grants, collectively equating to over $15m. Associate Professor Toomb’s has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of her research excellence, including an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, a Children’s Hospital Foundation Scholarship (current), Outstanding Alumni of the year and Outstanding Indigenous engagement Alumni of the year (2015 University of Southern Queensland) and a Churchill Fellowship (2014). Associate Professor Toombs is the co-author of ‘Indigenous Australians and Health’ published by Oxford Press.

Associate Professor Maree Toombs will be taking up a new position in the Faculty of Medicine as the Associate Dean (Indigenous and Engagement) in November. Maree will work in close partnership with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and the Executive Dean to develop and implement an Indigenous Health Strategy for the Faculty of Medicine, aligned to the principles and objectives of the UQ Strategic and Reconciliation Action Plans.

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