Organoids Are Us 2019

May 17, 2019

Date and Time

Tuesday 25 June 2019

8:30 am – 5:00 pm AEST


Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Davis Auditorium

1G Royal Parade, Parkville

Victoria 3052, Australia




Organoids, lab-grown miniature models of organs, are transforming science and medicine.

Researchers have developed them from a vast array of organs, including the gut, stomach, liver, brain and kidneys to understand how tissues develop and repair.

Organoids established from healthy tissues are proving to be excellent models of natural infection as they recapitulate the essential features of organs. Organoids can also be generated from tumour cells to mimic cancers and help predict how an individual will respond to a drug – making personalised medicine a reality.

This symposium includes talks by researchers using organoid technology in advancing our understanding of stem cells, cancer and infectious disease. The two keynote talks will be given by Dr Tokameh Mahmoudi (Netherlands) and Prof Rob Ramsay (Melbourne).

Dr Tokameh Mahmoudi, a former scientist in the laboratory of Professor Hans Clevers’, who leads the organoid revolution, currently works on organoid infection models using human liver tissue. She will deliver a keynote talk.

Prof Rob Ramsay has pioneered tumour organoid research exploring tumour infiltrating lymphocytes in colorectal cancer patient samples


Keynote speakers


• Dr Tokameh Mahmoudi, Erasmus Medical Center, The Netherlands

• Prof Rob Ramsay, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne


Invited speakers


• Dr Alex Combes, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

• A/Prof Ron Firestein, Hudson Institute of Medical Research

• Prof Peter Gibbs, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

• A/Prof Fred Hollande, VCCC Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne

• Prof Dena Lyras, Monash University

• Prof Andrea O’Connor, University of Melbourne

• Prof Elizabeth Vincan, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

• Dr Susan Woods, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute


Event Contacts: Professor Elizabeth Vincan and Dr Maree Faux


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