Medical Innovation Network by Innovate Australia

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Liberty Training & Conference Centre, 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Join Innovate Australia for another meeting of the


Medical Innovation Network


With presentations on:

Medical Entreprenuership

by Dr Carolyn Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI)


Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Alzheimer's

by Professor Ralph Martins, Professor of Neurobiology at Macquarie University & Foundation Chair of Aging and Alzheimer's disease at Edith Cowan University 

Admission is free of charge, but registration essential. Register for tickets here.


About Presenters:

Dr Carolyn Williams
Carolyn is an alumnus of UWA, where she completed a double degree with Honours from the Department of Biochemistry.
She later obtained a PhD in molecular genetics from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School at the University of London, whilst setting up and running the first genetic screening lab for cystic fibrosis in the country, and hosting WHO and EU education programs to teach others in the region the techniques she had developed.
From there, Carolyn went to live in Melbourne, where she worked at The Alfred Hospital, running her own clinical research project and through her “Gene Bank” platform at the Baker Heart Research Institute became a Founding Member of the Australasian Biospecimen Network.
During her “sabbatical” Carolyn lived and worked in the Maldives, where she established a state-of-the-art genetic screening service bringing new technologies to the island country improving the detection of a prominent genetic disorder, thalassaemia.
More recently, at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, she worked closely with Director, Professor Peter Leedman as Special Projects Manager, where she was responsible for founding and expanding numerous new initiatives.
Carolyn's role as CERI's CEO began at the inception of the educational organization. With CERI Founder Charlie Bass, Carolyn has developed a program for research academics to inspire and support them in the translation of their research into having a real impact in the real world. Carolyn has undertaken immersion training and facilitator training in a number of internationally acclaimed programs from Stanford University and MIT and brought them back to Australia and added an element of local culture to create a unique blended program. The focus is on 'how to think', then 'what to think'. Now in its third year of operation, CERI has over 300 alumni and a growing national and international reputation.
Professor Ralph Martins
Professor Ralph Martins is well known, and highly respected internationally as a prominent researcher in Ageing and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). His insight into this devastating disease has led to a number of ground breaking discoveries. In 2004 he was appointed by Edith Cowan University (ECU) to the Inaugural Chair in Ageing and Alzheimer’s.
Through his leadership and dedication, Martins has built a substantial, world-class research and clinical capacity in Western Australia with active links to international peers at the forefront of the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.  Recognising collaboration and teamwork on a global scale as key to solving this enormous scientific and medical challenge in Alzheimer’s disease, he has led innumerable global collaborations facilitating international knowledge transfer. To foster research collaborations, he has been holding a joint academic appointment between Edith Cowan University and Macquarie University since April 2016. 

Recognising his outstanding research achievements, he was awarded a number of very prestigious accolades, including: the Melvin Jones Award from Lions Club International Foundation USA in 2010 (the highest Award that Lions can bestow recognising outstanding service to the community and one of only two recipients of this award by the Club in the last 25 years), Western Australian of the Year 2010, Western Australian Citizen of the Year 2011, Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club 2011, Member of the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem (KSJ) 2013 and Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division in 2013.

He is a Director on the Canadian based, International Federation on Ageing (IFA), an influential and prominent NGO working closely with the United Nations and the World Health Organization; Martins is the only researcher representing the Australian research community and he is in the process of organizing an IFA led international conference exploring multimodal intervention programs for the prevention of Dementia.


About Innovate Australia
Innovate Australia encourages, assists and promotes Australian innovation. The not-for-profit and non-partisan organisation works with industry and academia to uncover innovation, encourages new innovations, develops programs and forms innovation networks. Innovate Australia aims to be an independent conduit for viable ideas. 

Innovate Australia operates independently of government, industry and universities, however works with a range of stakeholders on unique and forward thinking projects across Australia. Services provided include, but are not limited to consulting, think-tanks, connecting firms undertaking innovative projects and marketing of organisations embarking on their innovation journeys. 

To suggest an event or to propose the next presenter for one of our networking meetings, or just for more informaion please contact  Peter Kasprzak or Dr Adam Osseiran. 


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