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Professor Schofield is a behavioural scientist by training. She is Professor of Health Psychology at Swinburne University’s School of Health Sciences and an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she maintains a large and active research team. Her research program adopts a comprehensive approach to develop and deliver health interventions that promote self-care and well-being, improve emotional and physical outcomes for patients with cancer and other chronic illnesses, and alleviate burden on the health system. e-Health is the current focus of her research. Her work addresses the issue of how to apply innovative digital solutions to chronic health issues with targeted clinician input to achieve optimal health outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
Professor Schofield has been Chief Investigator for 39 peer-reviewed grants totalling approximately $16,000,000, has conducted three consultancies for Cancer Australia relating to national health policy and received the NHMRC Achievement Award (2010).
Professor Schofield will talk on the topic: "Is digital health critical to the future of sustainable, effective health care delivery?"
In 2013 Professor Wood along with 3 colleagues received the Clunies Ross award for the development of a new diagnostic assay for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). This was 27 years after he first patented this invention and fits the criteria for a truly disruptive technology. He will discuss this work and the journey to commercialisation of the technology. Professor Wood then wants to reflect on the next phase of his career in CRC’s and Industry and the lessons that he has learnt along the way and what he feels they say about how things need to change in STEM in Australia. He now works within the international Agriculture field with organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dairy Australia and GALVmed and will discuss both the needs and enormous opportunity that exists for food production.
Professor Wood had a successful career with the CSIRO Division of Animal Health where he developed TB diagnostic technology which was successfully commercialised and earned him a number of awards – including a 2013 Clunies Ross Award. He was Deputy-Director of the CRC for Vaccine Technology (1993-2000). After working for CSL and Pfizer in Australia, he joined Pfizer Animal Health (2008-2012) in the US as its Executive Director, Global Discovery. He returned to Australia in 2012, established his own consultancy and accepted an Adjunct Professor position at Monash University. He is a founder of ATSE’s IMNIS mentoring scheme, a Director of Dairy Australia, Women in STEMM Australia and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines as well as the Chair of AusBiotech’s AusAg & Foodtech Committee and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for AACo. He is also a consultant to the agriculture program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Registrations close 5pm Monday 1 May 2017. Late registrations will not be accepted.
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