Life as a Clinician Scientist VICTORIA

Life as a Clinician Scientist VICTORIA
Saturday, October 19, 2019
 (8:30am – 5.30pm)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Following the success of the past three Victorian Clinical Science Symposia, Life as a Clinician-Scientist: The Best of Both Worlds is now an annual event in Victoria – and has inspired similar events in other states across Australia!

We’re excited to be back in 2019 with a one-day symposium for biomedical, medical and clinical students, junior doctors, clinical trainees and PhD/honours students – focusing on the intersection between clinical medicine and science. Clinician-scientists have the best of both worlds: by being able to use their clinical expertise to inform their research focus, they can maximise the impact of their research discoveries for the benefit of their current and future patients. 

The symposium will encourage and inspire medical, health and science students and trainees to get involved in research, and workshop the skills necessary to succeed in combining clinical practice with translational research. The event will once again bring together individuals from different universities and hospitals for a day of inspiration, learning and upskilling.

This day showcases the best that a career of a clinician-scientist has to offer, and will have something for everyone – for those who have attended any past LACS events, and those who are coming for the first time! If you are yet to fully delve into the world of research, or wondering how to take your research to the next level, and transform your results or thesis into a publication, poster or platform, this symposium is the place to find out!



Session 1 – What does life as a clinician-scientist look like?

Hear from some of Australia’s finest clinician scientists. We’ve got some big names coming who will share their career story, lessons they have learned along the way, and the impact they have made with their scientific discoveries and clinical talent.   

✦   Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO – Paediatric neurologist. Founding fellow and Vice-President of AAHMS.

✦   Professor Sharon Lewin AO – Infectious disease physician. Director of the Peter Doherty Institute. 

✦   Professor Hugh Taylor AC – Ophthalmologist. Harold Mitchel Professor of Indigenous Eye Health and Founding Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia 


Session 2 – The how, the what and the why of research 

Learn how clinician-scientists can span from Medicine, to Surgery, and to population based research – this session showcases the breadth of the career pathways that some of Australia’s outstanding clinician-scientists have taken, their story and their science. 

✦   Professor Melissa Wake – Paediatrician and community child health researcher. Scientific Director of the GenV population based paediatric research initiative. 

✦   Professor Jamie Cooper AO – Intensive Care Unit Physician. Director of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. 

   More to come…. 


Session 3 – What Skills does a Clinician-Scientist Need?

Want to develop the skills needed for an burgeoning career as a clinician scientist? This session will be presented by esteemed speakers who will explore the tricks of the trade for the following critical research skills:

✦   Professor Grant McArthur – Oncologist. Executive Director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

      Why communication matters: learn the how and why of communicating research to both patients and clinicians.

✦   Professor Euan Wallace AM – Obstetrician Gynaecologist. Carl Wood Professor and Head of Obstetrics at Monash University. 

   More to come…. 


Session 4 (Panel) – What does a Career as a Clinician-Scientist look like?

You’ve heard from the very best and the brightest – now be inspired by young clinician-scientists who will share their experiences of embarking on such a career – have the opportunity to pick their brains and learn the ropes in an interactive Q&A session. 

✦   A/Professor Sebastian King – Paediatric Surgeon with an interest in colorectal conditions.  

   More to come…


Spaces are limited, so register now for an inspiring day of medicine and science, with lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Please note you are booking for our VICTORIA event on 19 October 2019. For the WESTERN AUSTRALIA event in Perth on the 12 October 2019, please visit our WA event page.

We are most grateful to our event sponsors: 

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