Other Darwin events

Designer drugs, microbes and sonography: health in the NT

Wheelchair Accessible Venue
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors open 5pm | Start time 5.30pm | End time 7.30pm
(OLD) Railway Club, 17 Somerville Gardens, Parap,
Darwin 0820
This evening is devoted to health with an NT twist. Several local researchers share their research and stories of working in health in the top end. We’ll talk microbes, designed drugs and get an insight into health in the communities. We'll even use ultrasound to see inside the human body LIVE (happening on site)!

The microbiome within

Dr Jo Wapling (Senior Research Officer, Menzies School of Health Research)
Come and join us for a fascinating discussion about all the wonderful microbes hosted on, in and around the human body. Yes, that includes your body! You'll never feel quite so lonely again!

Dr Jo Wapling is a classically trained molecular virologist and 'jack of all trades' microbiologist . She has worked in various laboratories around the world including Malawi, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. She recently returned Australia to join the Menzies team in Darwin.

HealthLAB - a visual tour of our organs

Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan (Head, Child Health Laboratory, Menzies School of Health Research)
Never heard of HealthLAB? Come along and find out what all the buzz is about! As a bonus, we'll take you on an ultrasound tour of your internal organs. Relax, it won't hurt a bit!

Associate Prof. Heidi Smith-Vaughan is a proud Territorian based in Darwin at Menzies School of Health Research for ~30 years. She is a microbiologist and also runs HealthLAB with Nicole Boyd and dedicated volunteers, travelling around the NT doing interactive health promotion.

We can make a drug for that

Dr Martin Boland (Senior lecturer in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, Charles Darwin University)
Imagine you have an infection that needs treatment. You hear about a new antibiotic just launched on the market, but you are not allowed to buy it because it's being held back as a last line of defence against drug-resistant bacteria. Join the discussion!

Dr Boland is a lecturer in medicinal chemistry at the Charles Darwin University. A fascination with explosions, fires, and things that make you very ill formed the basis of his interest in science. He now researches how our metabolism is affected by chemicals that enter our bodies.