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Webster Centre symposia and seminars

Infectious Diseases Symposium  7 – 8 September 2017 at Queenstown, New Zealand

The biennial meeting was sponsored jointly by Queenstown Molecular Biology; Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases; School of Biomedical Sciences; Maurice Wilkins Centre; One Health Aotearoa; New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre; Ferrier; D4 Network and was convened by Professor Greg Cook, University of Otago and Dr Nikki Moreland, University of Auckland. 

Sessions covered were microbial pathogen genomes, infection and immunity, tuberculosis, drug discovery and novel therapeutics and vaccines, GAS and viral pathogenesis.

Confirmed speakers included:

Eng Eong Ooi, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore
John Blanchard, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Michael Kelso University of Wollongong, Australia
Suzanne Gebhard, University of Bath, UK
Elizabeth Hartland, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Nigel French, Massey University
Jacelyn Loh, University of Auckland
Deborah Williamson, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
Htin-Lin-Aung, University of Otago
David Murdoch, University of Otago, Christchurch
Amy Chung, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Melbourne
Mike Taylor, University of Auckland
Gary Evans, Ferrier Research Institute
David Goldstone, University of Auckland
Matloob Husain, University of Otago
Rob Fagerlund, University of Otago

Download QMB/WC Infectious Diseases' Speaker Symposium brochure. (.pdf 713 KB)

Premier Poster prizes were awarded to:

  • Dr Tom Li, University of Auckland, for poster entitled "Are plants the answer to the global antibiotic resistance crisis?"
  • Dr Bhamini Rangnekar, University of Otago, for poster entitled "A combination of dry powder formulation for treating latent and drug-resistant tuberculosis"

Poster prizes were awarded to:

  • Dr Mel Knottenbelt, University of Otago, for poster entitled "Investigating the evolution of the antitubercular drug bedaquiline"
  • Dr Ian Monk, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Australia for poster entitled "Phosphatase activity of the essential Histidine Kinase WalK in Staphylococcus aureus"
  • Dr Peter Choi, University of Auckland, for 'most translatable poster' entitled "Synthetic studies towards the development of less lipophilic drug of bedaquiline" (sponsored by D4 Network, University of Otago)

This meeting was a great opportunity for those working in the field of microbiology and infectious diseases, pathogenomics, drug discovery and viral pathogenesis to present their research and facilitate collaborations.  The official meeting website can be found at http://www.queenstownresearchweek.org/infectious-diseases/


Picture of Dr Nikki Moreland (Auckland University) and Professor Greg Cook (Otago University) organisers of the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Profesor Eng Eong Ooi (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore) and Professor Andrew Mercer, Director of Webster Centre (University of Otago, NZ) at QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Jaclyn Pearson and Professor Elizabeth Hartland both of the Peter Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne Picture of Professors Kurt Krause and David Murdoch (Otago University); Richard Kingston (Auckland University); Dr Lawrence Lee (UNSW) and Professor Catherine Day (Otago University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Michelle McConnell (Otago University) and Debbie Williamson (Doherty Institute) at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Professor Nigel French (Massey University) and Dr Glen Carter (Peter Doherty Institute) at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Professor Alpha Yap (Institute for Molecular Bioscience, Queensland University) and Professor Peter Shepherd organiser of Queenstown Research Week (Auckland University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Htin-Lin-Aung (Otago University) and Professor John Blanchard (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Kiel Hards (Otago University); Susanne Gebhard (Bath University); Drs James Cheung and Cara Adolph (Otago University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Glen Carter (Doherty Institute) and Dr Tom Li, premier poster prize winner (Auckland University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Professor Elizabeth Hartland (University of Melbourne) and Associate Professor Tim Stinear (Doherty Institute) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Josh Ramsay ((Curtin University) and Jimmy Leong at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Associate Professor Shaun Lott (Auckland University) and Professor Nigel French (Otago) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Rochelle Ramsay, Maurice Wilkins Centre, at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr James Ussher (Otago University) and Professor Simon Swift (Auckland University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Drs Rob Fagerlund, Peter Mace and Professor Liz Ledgerwood (Otago University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Jeremy Raynes (Auckland University), Dr Reuben Vercoe (Otago University) and Dr Jodie Johnston (Auckland University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Gary Evans (Victoria University) at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Htin-Lin-Aung, Professor Andrew Mercer (both Otago University) and Dr Richard Fong (Massey University) at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Jaclyn Pearson (Doherty Institute) and Professor Liz Hartland (University of Melbourne) at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Ayesha Verrall (Otago University) and Dr Amy Chung (Doherty Institute) at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Picture of Dr John Hale and Merck & pH Scientific team at the QMB ID 2017 meeting at the QMB ID 2017 meetingPicture of Dr Peter Choi (Auckland University) who was awarded the most translatable prize sponsored by D4 Diagnostic, Drug, Device, Discovery at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Mel Knottenbelt (Otago University) who was awarded a poster prize at the QMB ID 2017 meeting  at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Ian Monk (Doherty Institute) who was awarded a poster prize at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Tom Li (Auckland University) who was awarded a premier poster prize at the QMB ID 2017 meeting Picture of Dr Bhamini Rangnekar (Otago University) who was awarded a premier poster prize at the QMB ID 2017 meeting