HMRI warmly invite you to attend our 2022 Friends for the Future Luncheon.
Our Friends for the Future supporters are an incredibly special group of people who have chosen (or may be considering) to leave HMRI a bequest once they pass on.
This luncheon is simply an opportunity for us to thank you for your support.
10.00 am Arrival and morning tea
Optional lab tour
10.30 am Presentations commence (in-person and online live stream)
– Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin – Institute Director
– Professor Michael Breakspear
– Professor Alan Britcha & Associate Professor Rebecca Lim
– Julia Berry – HMRI Bequest Manager
12.00 pm Presentations conclude
12.00 – 1.00 pm Light luncheon
About our speakers
Professor Michael Breakspear
Michael is a key driver at HMRI’s Imaging Centre and is currently chief investigator on several significant studies into dementia. Michael’s use of advanced neuroimaging techniques has contributed to the better understanding of a range of conditions from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, to Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Michael is also the HMRI 2021 Research Excellence Award winner.
Professor Alan Britcha and Associate Professor Rebecca Lim
Alan and Rebecca have a research focus on the vestibular system and the role that hearing and the inner ear plays with balance and the vestibular system.
We tend to take good balance for granted, however, when balance is impaired it can lead to dizziness, falls, fatigue and even hearing and memory problems. We maintain our balance thanks to the vestibular system that comprises a complex series of messages between the balance organs of the inner ear, our eyes, and our joints and sends those signals to various parts of the brain and throughout the body. It’s a complex and fascinating topic, and surprisingly most of us know very little about this mysterious sense.
Together their research explores how the balance system works – through anatomical, physiological and molecular techniques.