Upcoming Events

Presentations and Meetings are held regularly throughout the year, including our annual Symposium.

Brain Sciences UNSW Colloquia are held on a bi-monthly basis. The colloquia reflect the inter-disciplinary nature and cross-faculty interest of Brain Sciences UNSW.

All are welcome. If you would like to be informed of upcoming events please email your contact details to BrainSciences@unsw.edu.au

Past Colloquia  |  Past Presentations & Meetings

Image - St Vincent's Campus Research Week 2019

Monday, 23 September 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, 27 September 2019 - 5:00pm

Research Week is a celebration of the remarkable depth and breadth of translational health research undertaken across the Darlinghurst campus and our sister entities.

The St Vincent’s Research Campus Sydney is one of the largest medical research precincts in Australia and brings together the Garvan Institute, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Nursing Research Institute, our own Centre for Applied Medical Research, Kirby Institute and our many prestigious academic partners.

Location: St Vincent's Campus
Contact for inquiries: www.svrc.one/research-week
Contact for bookings: www.svrc.one/research-week
Image - Academic Forum: Ketamine

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Ketamine has rapid and profound effects in treating depression - with a novel mechanism of action. Intranasal ketamine was recently approved by the FDA for treatment-resistant depression. 

Does this anaesthetic agent hold new hope for treating depression and even suicidality? 

This talk will detail the neuroscience mechanisms underlying ketamine's action on the brain as well as showcase groundbreaking clinical research undertaken both within the School and internationally.

Our experts: 

Colleen Loo is a clinical psychiatrist and Professor in Psychiatry at UNSW. Her research focuses on novel treatments for depression. She has led research in the use of ketamine to treat depression in Australia, including early trials examining different methods of giving ketamine, dose-response relationships and the first randomised controlled trial in older depressed patients.  

Adam Bayes is a consultant psychiatrist and clinical senior lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, UNSW. Post PhD, one of his key research interests includes investigating novel treatments for mood disorders. He is currently involved in two ketamine-related clinical trials and runs a specialist ketamine treatment program at BDI.

Location: Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room
Contact for inquiries: Medicine.Announce@unsw.edu.au
Image - St Vincent's Campus Research Symposium 2019

Friday, 27 September 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm


The St Vincent’s Research Symposium has been held annually for over 25 years and brings together the brightest minds across the Campus to share their research with peers. It involves a great coming together of prominent healthcare researchers from across the St Vincent’s Research Campus and our academic partners.

This is an outstanding opportunity for campus staff and visitors to celebrate some of the country’s finest medical research and healthcare innovation. This year the program will focus on 2 broad research fields of Cancer Research and Cardiovascular Research as well as the usual poster and fast forward presentations.

We are excited about this refreshed program which will have a large input from senior clinicians as well as basic science researchers on this campus to foster Transformation Through Translation.

Location: St Vincent's Campus
Contact for inquiries: https://www.svrc.one/research-week/research-symposia
Contact for bookings: https://www.svrc.one/research-week/research-symposia
Image - Professor Sandro Galea- The limits of risk factors revisited: is it time for a causal architecture approach

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The limits of risk factors revisited: is it time for a causal architecture approach?

Epidemiology today stands at a juncture. Despite increasingly sophisticated methods and ever-greater pools of data, the core approaches inherent to, and the utility of, epidemiology are being questioned by a growing number of stakeholders. Big data, precision medicine, various -omics initiatives, technology-informed intervention, and other new research horizons leave open questions about where epidemiology does (and does not) fit in.

Join Professor Sandro Galea as he discusses the opportunities causal architecture approaches provide to epidemiology as a field, as compared to traditional risk factor and other methodological approaches.

US epidemiologist Professor Sandro Galea from Boston University is visiting Sydney and Melbourne as a guest of The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. This event is also supported by the Australasian Epidemiological Association and UNSW Sydney's School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Copies of Professor Galea's latest book Well: What we need to talk about when we talk about health will be available for sale at the venue. You can also order a copy in advance from the UNSW Bookshopwww.bookshop.unsw.edu.au/details.cgi?ITEMNO=9780190916831

Sandro Galea

Sandro Galea is considered one of the most important and innovative voices in American health and medicine.

A physician, epidemiologist and author, he is Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He has published more than 800 scientific journal articles, 50 chapters, and 15 books.

His latest book is Well: What we need to talk about when we talk about health. Galea was named one of Time Magazine’s epidemiology innovators and has been listed as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.” He has received several lifetime achievement awards and is regularly featured in the media.

Professor Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science and. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Read more about Dean Galea’s work on his author website, https://www.sandrogalea.org/.

Location: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building
Contact for inquiries: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-limits-of-risk-factors-revisited-with-professor-sandro-galea-tickets-68239047829
Contact for bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-limits-of-risk-factors-revisited-with-professor-sandro-galea-tickets-68239047829