[ASC-media] International Congress

Samantha Lucia s.lucia at victorchang.unsw.edu.au
Fri Sep 2 08:54:05 EST 2005

15th International Society of Developmental Biologists Congress, Sydney.
Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sept 4 to 7.


Below is a list of topics on sessions open for media to attend during the
Congress. To register to attend the session, or to pre-book an interview
with the speaker, please contact Samantha Lucia at the Victor Chang Cardiac
Research Institute. Ph: 9295 8100 Mobile: 0415 140 595 



Media Times for Sessions at the 

15th International Developmental Biologists Congress 

Sydney, 4-7 September 2005


Sunday 4 September 2005


*	Launch of the 15th International Society of Developmental Biologists
Congress (see below for media alert): 7.30am


New found pathway to fertility: Dr Erez Raz - Session between 10.30am and
1pm, talks between 11.25-12.00, in the Promenade Meeting Room 1 - Scientists
have for the first time discovered the early pathway to fertility. By
identifying how immature reproductive cells migrate to gonad tissue in a
developing embryo, they hope to shed light on reproduction and fertility. 



New technology to keep up with complex disease: Mario Capecchi - Session
between 10.30am and 1pm, talks between 11:25 to 12.00 in the Tumbalong
Auditorium - Professor Mario Capehhi is the father of mouse models used to
understand development and disease. He discovered a way to switch genes on
and off in the developing mouse to emulate various human conditions and
disease. He is now using new technologies to knock-out genes at specific
times and locations in the body in an effort to better understand and treat
complex genetic diseases. Professor Capecchi has recently created a mouse
model for a deadly child hood cancer, which claims eighty percent of
sufferers within five years of diagnosis. The new technology allows
scientists to target and knock-out genes with a high level of detail.


Hairy baggage carousel: the key to left-right orientation in baby
development: Dr Nobutaka Hirokawa, session between2-4.30pm,  talks between
2:00pm and 2.35pm in the Tumbalong Auditorium - Scientists have found a new
mechanism that gives the body its left and right orientation during early
embryo development. The key is a newly found communications mechanism that
acts much like a hairy baggage carousel that carries signaling molecules in
the embryo.


Shape is just as important as what's inside: Dr Jeff Axelrod, session from
2:00pm to 4.30pm, talks at 3.50pm to 4.25pm in Tumbalong Meeting Room 1 and
2 - Scientists have found that the shape of cells is just as important as
the proteins inside them when it comes to how cells communicate during
normal baby development. Cell-shape in a fetus has been shown to have
significant influence on events that are known to play a role in specific
birth defects, including spina bifida and congenital deafness.


Monday 5 September 2005


*	Human embryonic stem cells, where we are at: Martin Pera, session
between 10.30 and 1pm. talks at 10.30 to 11.05 in Promenade Meeting Room 1. 


Tuesday 6 September 2005


Wired for sex: Barry Dickson, Plenary speaker, 9.15am to 10.00am, can
interview at 10am, in the Tumbalong Auditorium - Scientists have found that
innate sexual behaviour in the common fruit fly is determined by the way in
which a neural gene is spliced. They've also found that differences in human
male and female behaviour are more to do with neural genes than about the
physical differences in the brain.


Plant stem-cells talk - captured on 3-Dimensional camera: Dr Elliot
Meyerowitz, session between 2pm and 4pm, talks at 2.15 - 3: in Tumbalong
Auditorium - Scientists are using new methods of three-dimensional live
imaging to watch as plant stem-cells communicate amongst themselves to
divide and form specialised organs including, stems, leaves and flowers.
This form of communication has shed light on how genes are switched on and
off as cells divide and specialize into plant organs


The tiny key to gene control: Dr Stephen Cohen - session at 4.30pm to 6pm,
talks at 4.30pm to 5.15pm in Tumbalong Auditorium, interviews at 6pm or
before session at afternoon tea (4:00pm to 4:30pm) - Tiny microRNA have
recently shed light on how gene expression is controlled, a finding that
could hold the key to understanding how normal development and
disease-control takes place on a cellular level. This may shed light on how
genes are switched on and off in normal development and may in the future be
used to combat all sorts of genetic diseases, including some forms of cancer
and heart disease.


Wednesday 7 September 2005


*	The future of stem cell research: Nadia Rosenthal, session between
2pm and 4.30pm, talks between 2:00pm and 2.35pm in Promenade meeting room 1.


Flat worms hold the key to regeneration?; Dr Kiyokazu Agata, session between
2pm and 4.30pm,  talk at 3.50pm - 4.25pm in Promenade meeting room 1.
Interview during afternoon tea - 4.30pm to 5.00pm - Imagine a world where
all you had to do to reproduce was to split in half and regenerate into two
beings. You'd be forgiven for thinking that it sounds like a freaky science
fiction plot, but that's exactly how the tiny flatworm reproduces. Find out
about the incredible regenerative powers of the flatworm, what we are
learning from them and how it may be applied to combating degenerative
disease in humans.



Media Alert - The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute


Wednesday 24 August 2005 




Over 900 developmental biologists will meet in Sydney for an international
congress that aims to address how our bodies are shaped and how our organs
are built - how we grow from a single-celled egg into a trillion-celled


By understanding how embryonic life begins and develops, these biomedical
scientists also hope to gain an understanding of how regeneration occurs and
how stem cells may be used to treat diseases in later life, including heart
disease and cancer. 


This year's congress is being organised by senior scientists from the Victor
Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI), which is a research centre for
excellence in heart development and adult cardiac stem cell research.


What:               The 15th International Society of Developmental
Biologists Congress will be held in Sydney in early September, media are
invited to cover the launch of the congress - morning tea will be provided. 


Where:              Tumbalong Auditorium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition
Centre, at Darling Harbour. Media are to go to the Registration Desk on
Level 2, Convention Centre South. Paid parking is available at the Centre. 


When:               7.30am for 8am for Opening Ceremony start, Sunday 4
September 2005. Interviews are available from 10am during morning tea. 


- Find out how the congress brings together Australian and International
scientists and acts as a catalyst for sharing of information, discussion and
scientific collaboration.


- Speak to international and local leaders in developmental biology about
emerging technologies including stem cell research and tissue regeneration,
and where Australia is heading in this international effort.


- Speakers at the opening ceremony include the International Society's
President and senior scientists from the VCCRI. The first lecture is by
Nobel Laureate Professor Sydney Brenner.


- Media pack available including background information, images and media


For further information, interview or images please contact:


Samantha Lucia

Marketing and Communications Manager

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute



Ph: 61 2 8382 8100 (reception)

Fax: 61 2 8382 3585

Mobile: 0415 140 595

email: s.lucia at victorchang.unsw.edu.au




Level 4, 376 Victoria Street


Darlinghurst NSW 2010





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