The ASMR Medalist 2017 is Professor Richard Wilkinson.
Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.
He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology.
He is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of Nottingham, Honorary Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, Visiting Professor at the University of York and co-founder of the EqualityTrust.
Throughout a distinguished career examining the social determinants of health, Professor Wilkinson’s research has uncovered that economic inequality is the key driver for numerous health (and social) problems in developed countries such as Australia.
The identification of this strong causal relationship has commanded a re-think of policy development, with a renewed focus on addressing the underlying problem rather than treating specific health and social problems as unrelated phenomena.
His books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems. Prof. Wilkinson is the author, with Kate Pickett, of “The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better”. This best seller is now available in 24 languages and won the 2011 UK Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award. A documentary film inspired by it, The Divide, was released in April 2016.
Following on from The Spirit Level, Richard became a co-founder of the Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust).
He has given many hundreds of conference addresses and media interviews round the world, including at WHO, the EU, OECD and the World Bank.
Professor Wilkinson will be speaking at all Gala Dinners across the country and at the National Press Club of Australia.
ASMR Medical Research Week® Online Schools Quiz 2017
2017 ASMR Tertiary Careers Evening
The events aim to highlight potential career pathways to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Hear from a professional panel with backgrounds in Biomedical Science, who have progressed into different career pathways
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each panellist will speak for 8-10 minutes, including an interactive Q&A, lastly an informal networking session with the attendees and panel (refreshments provided).
NSW Tertiary Careers Information Nights
The Grandstand Sports Bar, University of Sydney
For all trivia boffins and the medical research laboratories & institutes of NSW.
Limited numbers – $10pp – 10 players (maximum) team.
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is committed to fostering excellence in health and medical research and promoting community understanding and support for the sector. Health and medical research includes efforts that focus on new modes of disease prevention, as well as making advances in understanding the biological basis of disease and the development and testing of new treatments for disease. The ASMR Queensland Awards for Health & Medical Research are an initiative of the ASMR and are made annually to recognise the outstanding efforts and contributions of Queensland researchers.
Four Award categories will be considered:
Postgraduate Student Award
Postdoctoral Researcher Award
Senior Research Award
Clinical Researcher Award
Finalist Presentations will be held on May 26th (Postdoctoral, Senior and Clinical Awards) and Wednesday 31st (Postgraduate Student Award).
Winners of these prestigious awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday June 2nd.
The Tasmanian Postgraduate Student Research Awards aims to recognise outstanding contributions to medical research by Postgraduate students, and provide an opportunity for them to share their research with the medical research community. The award recognises scientific excellence and achievement, as well as the ability of the candidate to communicate his/her research at a level understandable to the wider scientific community, and the potential value of the research to health and medicine.
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
A showcase symposium where all Victorian health and medical research students can present their work to an audience of their peers, and network with and listen to some of Victoria’s top medical researchers in a friendly, approachable and cooperative scientific environment.
Participating students foster collaborations and network, increasing the awareness of the expertise and research being conducted around Victoria.
During the symposium, research students participate in oral or poster presentations, as well as the popular ‘3 minute thesis’ styled presentations – where students must effectively explain their research, with one PowerPoint slide, in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Presentations are judged by a panel of senior academics and post-docs, with attractive monetary prizes awarded for outstanding work.
Westmead Education and Conference Centre, Westmead Hospital, Westmead
8:00am – 6:00pm
ASMR NSW Annual Scientific Meeting is a multi-disciplinary event which showcases health and medical research in the state. Participants are students (Honours, Master, PhD) and staff (Research Assistants, Post-docs, Professors).
Plenary Speaker: Professor Roger Reddell BSc (Med) MBBS PhD FRACP FAA Director Children’s Medical Research Institute.
Tune in with Dr Shane Huntington on 3RRR’s Einstein-a-go-go (1-2.7FM) during ASMR Medical Research Week® for fantastic discussion and dissection of science ideas made digestible for public consumption.
Featuring the 2017 ASMR Medalist Professor Richard G Wilkinson and three “up and coming”Victorian medical research scientists (Dr Calum Roberts, Dr Amy Winship, Dr Katherine Gibney)
The ASMR Medal will be presented to the 2017 Medallist Professor Richard Wilkinson and be followed by an Address to the NPC on Tuesday the 6th of June from 5pm to 7pm (drinks, medal presentation, address, panel and questions, drinks and canapes).
Abstracts accepted from all areas of basic science and health and medical research. Honours, PhD students and early Post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
Plenary Speaker: Associate Professor Louise Purton, Associate Director at St Vincent’s Institute, will be presenting the plenary session “The impact of cancer therapies on bone marrow microenvironments and their regulation of haematopoiesis”.
ORAL ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSED – POSTER ACCEPTED UNTIL MAY 26TH.
‘Neurological Diseases: Causes, Complications and Current Research’
SAHMRI Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide
Join us for a dinner with presentations and a Q&A session with our highly regarded panel of local neuroscientists and clinicians. Presentations cover a range of neurological conditions such as Stroke and Parkinson’s disease and will include
discussion of causes, complications and modifiable life-style factors as well as the state of current research and potential therapies being explored.
Professor Richard Wilkinson – Scientist, Author and Advocate
Professor Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, co-founder of The Equality Trust and auther of the international bestseller “The Spirit Level”. Throughout a distinguished career examining the social determinants of health, Professor Wilkinson’s research has uncovered that economic inequality is the key driver for numerous health (and social) problems in developed countries such as Australia. The identification of this strong causal relationship has commanded a re-think of policy development with a renewed focus on addressing the underlying problem rather than treating specific health and social problems as unrelated phenomena.