Organisers

Mark FebbraioMark Febbraio – Chair
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia

Organiser Profile

Professor Mark Febbraio is a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the NHMRC, is the Head of the Cellular and Molecular Metabolism Laboratory and Head of the Division of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer of N-Gene Research Laboratories Inc, a USA-based Biotechnology Company. His research is focused on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms associated obesity, inflammation and type 2 diabetes and his aim is to develop novel drugs to treat metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Professor Febbraio is also dedicated to health and fitness and continues to compete in running races and multi-sport events. 

 

Janelle AyresJanelle Ayres – Co-chair
Salk Institute for biological studies, La Jolla, USA

Organiser Profile

Janelle Ayres completed her PhD a Stanford University and her postdoctoral studies at UC Berkeley before joining the Salk Institute on Faculty. In a new approach to therapeutics, Janelle studies how the body controls and repairs the collateral damage generated during interactions with bad microbes. She is taking an innovative approach grounded in mathematical and evolutionary predictions that uses the beneficial microbes that inhabit our digestive system for damage-control therapeutics. In pivotal work, she showed that those damage-control mechanisms are just as important as an animal’s immune system in surviving infection. Janelle's ultimate goal is to develop treatments for infectious and non-infectious diseases (such as pathologies associated with cancer and aging) without the need for antibiotics.

 

Vishwa Deep DixitVishwa Deep Dixit – Co-chair
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Organiser Profile

Vishwa Deep Dixit completed Bachelor and Master of Veterinary Sciences in HAU, Hisar India. Thereafter, he received German Academic Exchange Service fellowship to conduct PhD research in Germany. He completed PhD coursework in HAU and Research Work in University of Hannover in Year 2000. He conducted postdoctoral research training in NIH then joined Pennington Biomedical Research Center as an Assistant Professor in 2006 and moved to Yale as Professor of Comparative Medicine and Immunobiology in 2013. Dixit’s research is focused on understanding the interactions between metabolic and immune systems with the goal to reveal molecular targets that can be harnessed to control inflammation and immune dysfunction as means to enhance the healthspan. The research in the Dixit Laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIA, NIAID and NIDDK.)

 

Randy LevinsonRandy Levinson – Co-chair
Senior Editor, Research Manuscripts

Organiser Profile

Randy Levinson, as an undergraduate student at Caltech, studied the evolution and the proteolytic regulation of replication of Alphaviruses in the lab of James Strauss. He then went on to graduate school to study the regulation of nuclear hormone receptor signaling using a yeast genetic screen in Keith Yamamoto’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco. After graduation, he carried on postdoctoral work with Eseng Lai at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he investigated the role of renal stroma in embryonic kidney development. He continued these studies during a second postdoc at Columbia University with Cathy Mendelsohn before joining Nature Medicine in 2005.

 

Emma EstevezEmma Estevez – IMCD Conference Coordinator
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia

 

Belinda PlatzerBelinda Platzer - IMCD Conference Administrator
Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia

 

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