International Plenary Speakers

Dr Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley is a science presenter, writer and executive producer. He is the writer and presenter of The Story of Science, and is also the face of science and medicine on The One Show.

After training as a doctor at the Royal Free in London, Michael decided to switch courses. He initially worked behind the scenes on Newsnight, Tomorrow’s World, Horizon and the popular business series Troubleshooter.

Michael has since produced a wide range of science-based programmes including the The Human Face with John Cleese, three series with Professor Robert Winston, and Jeremy Clarkson’s Inventions That Changed The World. He also helped launch Alan Yentob’s presenting career with an acclaimed appraisal of Leonardo da Vinci.

In front of camera, Michael has presented Make Me and 10 Things You Never Knew about Losing Weight – as well as the surgery series Blood and Guts. He’s also fronted other shows including Medical Mavericks looking at those behind the great developments in medicine, Inside the Human Body examining all the workings of the body, and Frontline Medicine highlighting the innovative and vital link between warfare and medicine. For Radio 4 he wrote and presented The Making of Modern Medicine.

Michael’s programmes on exercise (The Truth About Exercise) and diet (Eat, Fast & Live Longer – which led to the hugely popular 5:2 diet) have produced much popular and media discussion as he examined the benefits of short, high-intensity exercise and fasting for two days a week.

He has received a host of BAFTA and Emmy nominations, and been named Medical Journalist
of the Year by the British Medical Association.

Lorna Harries

Lorna Harries is Associate Professor in Molecular Genetics at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health. She gained her PhD in Genetics from University College London in November 1994 and has worked at a number of institutions including the University of Dundee and the University of Sussex. Lorna relocated to the South West of England in 2001 and established the RNA-mediated disease mechanisms group at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health in 2006. Her group has interests in Omics approaches to the study of human ageing and age-related disease processes in man with a specific current focus on alternative messenger RNA processing, non-coding RNA and epigenetic gene regulation. Her work ranges from ‘big data’ approaches (whole genome transcriptomics and epigenetics) to detailed individual molecular analysis of particular genes and encompasses assessment of effects at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels. Lorna’s funding sources include the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Dunhill Medical trust and Diabetes UK, and she is currently honorary General Secretary of the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA). She has written over 125 peer-reviewed articles in her career and was awarded the Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Prize Lectureship in 2011.

National Keynote Speakers

Chris Levi

In 2017, Prof Chris Levi was appointed Executive Director, Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE).  Prior to this appointment, over the past 15 years, Prof Chris Levi working as a clinival academic neurologist established one of Australia’s leading stroke research groups.  His overarching research vision has been the translation of experimental stroke therapies into the clinical domain.  This builds on a career objective to provide health care professionals with greater knowledge, better tools and more effective strategies to treat and prevent stroke.  A key attribute has been his focus on developing research ideas and directions that are ‘grounded’ in clinical relevance, bringing together the academic and clinical sectors in research and translation partnerships.  This focus and determination led to his appointment as the inaugural Director, Clinical Research and Translation for the Hunter New England Local Health District where he built the platform for the establishment of the Centre for Innovation in Regional Health, NSW Regional Health Partners prior to his move to Sydney to lead the SPHERE.