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LIVESTREAM First Nations Genomics

18 August 2020
10.00am – 11.00am AEST
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Join us for a forum in the UNSW Inclusive Science Series.

Hosted by UNSW Science Dean Professor Emma Johnston AO, this event will tell the story of the science of our genetic material (genomes) and how scientists are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to improve health outcomes for First Nation Australians. The panel will also discuss best practice approaches for working with First Nations communities in a respectful and culturally sensitive way. Joining Professor Emma Johnston will be Mrs Azure Hermes from the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research and Professor Marcel Dinger, Head of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.

Mrs Azure Hermes is the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator at The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU. The Centre focuses on using genomics to improve the health and well-being of Australia's First Peoples and is forging a new approach to the ethically and culturally challenging topic of Indigenous genomic research. Mrs Hermes is from the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people who are traditional custodians of the Cairns area.

Professor Marcel Dinger heads the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW Science and is a director on the governance board of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics.

Professor Emma Johnston AO is the Dean of UNSW Science and a leading authority in marine ecology. Professor Johnston leads major research projects for academia, industry and government. Professor Johnston also works to foster an equitable place of work and study that stimulates innovation, productivity and progress.

This event is part of the UNSW x National Science Week program – head here to see the full program.


A link to watch the livestream will be sent on the event day to registered attendees.


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