Date : Wednesday November 18th, 2015
Time : 07:00 to 08:00
Location : Room 109, Melbourne Convention Centre
Fee : This event was open and free to all (Doctors, Scientists, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Technicians, etc.) in the Transplantation Science field.

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Guest Speakers

Sarah Cross, PhD
Sarah has spent the last 13 years as a researcher working in the field of islet transplantation. She is currently working as a post-doctoral scientist in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. Her research concerns the improvement and optimisation of the human islet isolation procedure, in particular the collagenase digestion stage.
Joanna Cwykiel, MSc
Joanna is a PhD student working at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focus is immunological basis of tolerance induction in vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA), such as face or extremities through application of cellular therapeutics.
Esme Dijke, MD
Esmé received her PhD in transplant immunology in the laboratory of Drs. Carla Baan and Willem Weimar at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where her doctoral studies focused on the role of regulatory T cells in adult heart transplant recipients. In 2009, she joined the lab of Dr. Lori West as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
Kisha Sivanathan, BSc
Kisha is a PhD Candidate at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She has a B.Sc in Biomedical Science degree. She is currently in the third year of her candidature and will be submitting her thesis at the end of 2015. Her research focus is on the immunosuppressive properties of mesenchymal stem cells in allotransplantation and in the induction regulatory T cells.
Hanne Scholz, MSc, PhD
Hanne is the lab director of the islets isolation facility at Oslo University Hospital and has dedicated her research to islet transplantation, focuses on refinement of methods for islets isolation and to improve outcomes of islet transplantation as treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Lori J. West, MD, DPhil, FRCPC
Dr. West is a clinician-scientist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where she is Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery and Immunology and Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute. She also serves as Director of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP).
Megan Sykes, MD
Dr. Sykes is the Michael J. Friedlander Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Surgical Sciences (in Surgery), Columbia University. She is Director of the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.