RACP Congress: Stem cell researcher and Australian of the Year to present

Date published:
27 Feb 2017

Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is an international leader in stem cell research. His dedicated research and international leadership has led to ground breaking advances in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

He was awarded Australian of the Year 2017 and will be a special guest speaker at a shared session during RACP Congress 2017.

Emeritus Professor Mackay-Sim is a global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells and led the world’s first clinical trial using these cells in spinal cord injury. In 2014, his research helped play a central role in the world’s first successful restoration of mobility in a quadriplegic man – a breakthrough described as the scientific equivalent to the moon landing.  

As the director of the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research, Emeritus Professor Mackay-Sim’s research has championed the use of stem cells to understand the biological bases of brain disorders and diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

His pioneering work has also led to collaborations with teams of health professionals who are translating his research into clinical practice.

Throughout RACP Congress we will be hosting shared sessions on topics of interest to all specialists. Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, will be a special guest speaker at one of these shared sessions where we will discuss ‘Moral obligations of the physician in contemporary politics’.

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Registration: Visit www.racpcongress.com.au to see program and speaker information and to register.

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