Dare to Dream Big: Highlights from the Peter Mac Research Symposium 2024

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The Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG), a node of Phenomics Australia, was proud to be an active participant at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Research Symposium 2024.

Taking place on April 17th and 18th at the Centrepiece, Melbourne Park, this year marked the 3rd instalment of the symposium. Across two days, attendees immersed themselves in a rich array of activities including keynote presentations, short talks, engaging flash talks, consumer stories, and illuminating panel discussions. Topics ranged from involving consumers in research to the cutting-edge applications of Artificial Intelligence.

One of the standout features was the diverse range of networking opportunities, including the popular round table speed dating sessions. The VCFG proudly hosted three tables, each focusing on different aspects of functional genomic research and innovation:

Table 23 – VCFG: Integrating Multi-OMICS, hosted by Mark Li, AnnRann Wong and Xin Liu. Explore the integration of high throughput sequencing with imaging and other OMICs.

Table 24 – VCFG: Drug Screening, hosted by Ada Koo, Rob Vary and Kavya Pamulapati. Dive into discussions surrounding high and low-throughput drug screening strategies.

Table 25 – VCFG: Personalised Medicine, hosted by Susanne Ramm, Jenni Luu and Twishi Gulati. Delve into topics such as organoid characterisation, patient response prediction to treatment, and advanced drug screening techniques.

Day 2 of the symposium offered an exclusive opportunity for students, research support staff, and early career researchers to interact with leaders from across Peter Mac Research. This unique networking lunch provided invaluable insights into diverse career paths, leadership challenges, and opportunities for growth. Among the esteemed leaders presenting was Phenomics Australia Scientific Director, Professor Kaylene Simpson, who shared insights on team building and leadership.

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The VCFG provides a collaborative and innovative partnership. Primarily operates a ‘researcher driven, staff assisted’ model working with researchers each step of the way, through assay development, optimisation, transfection and analysis. This partnership begins with a discussion with Prof. Kaylene Simpson followed by embedding into the laboratory, training on instruments and performing experiments alongside us until project completion. Comprehensive user guides and associated instrument guides are provided. All data generated remains the intellectual property of the researcher. Importantly, each project is customised to the specific biological question, helping drive the project to the best screen outcome possible.

The VCFG is headed by A/Prof Kaylene Simpson and a team of highly experienced research team. A/Prof Kaylene Simpson can be contacted on kaylene.simpson@petermac.org.

Through the Victorian Centre for Functional Genomics (VCFG) at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (Perkins), and through the ANU Centre for Therapeutic Discovery (ACTD, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU) Monash University, and at the Functional Genomics South Australia (FGSA) at the University of Adelaide (in partnership with SAHMRI), Phenomics Australia Functional Genomics and High-throughput screening services enable biomedical researchers Australia-wide with the ability to perform novel discovery-based screens using multiple platforms. 

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