Presented in conjunction with National Science Week, the HMRI Kids Health Public Seminar features the Hunter region’s leading paediatric researchers. Their work is focused on research into children’s health, improving the wellbeing of children now and helping them to grow up well.
HMRI will also be opening it's doors for a behind the scenes lab tour where the public can learn about the latest discoveries in medical research.
This event is supported by the Hunter Science Hub.
4:30pm Lab Tours will begin, 20 people per group. Registrations Essential.
5:30-7:00pm (Researcher Presentations) | 7:00-7.30pm: Informal question time, networking and refreshments (end of event)
Prof Mattes is the director of the Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell at the University of Newcastle where he is Chair and Discipline lead of Paediatrics. He also practices as a Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Physician (FRACP) at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. Joerg’s research has focused on the pathogenesis of asthma, allergies and respiratory infections. He conducts epidemiological studies (e.g. birth cohort studies on the effect of asthma during pregnancy), clinical studies (e.g. improved diagnostic algorithm for peanut allergy employing exhaled nitric oxide), studies of experimental asthma and rhinovirus infection (e.g. role of micro(mi)RNAs and TRAIL/MID1/PP2A). Joerg also established the NSW Children and Infants lung function CEntre (NICE) in order to investigate the origins of asthma in early life on a physiological, cellular and molecular level.
Dr Nightingale is a paediatric gastroenterologist and hepatologist based at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and a clinical researcher in the Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell at the University of Newcastle and HMRI. Scott’s research interests include eosinophilic oesophagitis and biliary atresia. He is also currently collaborating in a number of international multicentre drug trials for hepatitis C infection and a rare metabolic liver disease known as lysosomal acid lipase deficiency.
Dr Rani Bhatia is a senior staff specialist in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at John Hunter Children's Hospital Newcastle. Her interest is in food allergy and its impact on a child and family's quality of life. She is involved with research looking at new biomarkers to help with diagnosis of food allergy at the Hunter Institute of Medical Sciences. Within her own department she has been evaluating the impact food allergy has on the functioning of the family unit.
Doctor Collison is a post-doctoral researcher in the Experimental and Translational Respiratory Medicine Group in the Priority Research Centre GrowUpWell at the University of Newcastle and HMRI. His particular research interests include the role of asthma exacerbations and respiratory virus infections during pregnancy, microbiome expansion and respiratory viral infections in the first year of life and their relationship to the development of asthma and allergy in childhood.
Dr Wood is Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and leads the nutrition team, within the Priority Research Centre (PRC) for Healthy Lungs and the GrowUpWell PRC at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Dr Wood’s research focuses on studying the role of nutrition in airways disease, with a particular interest in obesity, fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre. She has published >100 peer reviewed manuscripts in this area and has contributed to developing the evidence base to inform disease management guidelines, such as the Australian Asthma Handbook and the National Asthma Council of Australia ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ brochure series.