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9:00 - 9:10      Welcome: Matt Sweet (IMB, UQ)

9:10 - 10:50    METABOLISM AND INFLAMMATION (Chair: Matt Sweet)

Meredith O’Keeffe (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Monash University): 9:10 – 9:35 (25 min)

Title: Interferon-lambda, DC & metabolism

Phil Hansbro  (HMRI/University of Newcastle and Centenary Institute/UTS): 9:35 – 10:00 (25 min)

Title: Mitochondrial oxidative stress and immunometabolism in COPD

Kirsty Short (SCMB, University of Queensland): 10:00 – 10:25 (25 min)

Title: Influenza virus and chronic medical conditions: a killer combination

Katharina Ronacher (Mater Research-UQ): 10:25 – 10:50 (25 min)

Title: Immune-Metabolic Alterations Beyond Hyperglycemia and Infectious Disease Risk in Diabetes: Insights from Studies Across Different Ethnicities

10:50 - 11:20  MORNING TEA

11:20 - 12:25  IMAGING INFLAMMATION(Chair: Jenny Stow)

Alpha Yap (IMB, University of Queensland): 11:20  – 11:45 (25 min)

Title: Epithelia: their first line of defence against the challenge of apoptosis

Adam Wall (IMB, University of Queensland): 11:45 – 12:00 (15 min)

Title: Rab Regulation of Ruffling and Macropinocytosis during TLR activation in macrophages

David Hume (Mater Research-UQ): 12:00 – 12:25 (25 min)

Title: Imaging macrophages and regulation of Csf1r gene expression

12:25 - 1:30    LUNCH

1:30 - 3:00      FIBROSIS AND WOUND HEALING(Chair: Abishek Iyer)

Allison Cowin (University of South Australia): 1:30 – 1:55 (25 min)

Title: Cytoskeletal regulation of wound healing and inflammation

Divya Ramnath (IMB, University of Queensland): 1:55 – 2:10 (15 min)

Title: Mapping steatosis-independent and steatosis-driven gene signatures associated with chronic liver disease

Kelli MacDonald (QIMRB): 2:10 – 2:35 (25 min)

Title: Targeted Rock2 inhibition suppresses and reverses liver fibrosis

Glenda Gobe (SBMS, University of Queensland): 2:35 – 3:00 (25 min)

Title: Role of cGMP and its signaling pathways in kidney fibrosis

3:00 - 3:30      AFTERNOON TEA


Ranjeny Thomas (UQ-DI, University of Queensland): 3:30 – 3:55 (25 min)

Title: Role of bacteria, macrophages and IL-23 in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis in SKG mice

Ken Loh (IMB, University of Queensland): 3:55 – 4:10 (15 min)

Title: Controlling activation of a GPCR in allergic asthma

Amy Chan (IMB, University of Queensland): 4:10 – 4:25 (15 min)

Title: Mechanisms of Caspase-4 Activation

James Vince (WEHI): 4:25 – 4:50 (25 min)

Title: Post-translational control of inflammasome signalling

4:50 - 5:00      Close: Kate Schroder (IMB, UQ)

5:00 - 6:00      Mixer

Thanks to our sponsors UQ IMB, the Centre for Advanced Molecular Imaging and CSL Limited.

Event contact: Professor Matt Sweet,

About Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research Annual Symposium

The IMB Centre for Inflammation and Disease Research (CIDR) annual symposium is an opportunity for research students, postdoctoral staff and group leaders to get together to exchange ideas and techniques, and discuss the basis and role of inflammation in multiple human diseases.


Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building 80), 306 Carmody Road, UQ St Lucia
Large seminar room