High School Students To Rub Shoulders With International Molecular Geneticists

November 26, 2015

FNA-Shenton-StudentsStudents from Lakelands Senior High School and Shenton College will this week have the opportunity to meet world-renowned chemists and molecular biologists at 1st International Symposium on “Functional Nucleic Acids: From Laboratory to Targeted Molecular Therapy” to be held at Murdoch University from 26-27 November 2015.

“Our aim is to reach out to our young and eager minds, and inspire them with world’s leading scientists towards pursuing future research innovation,” said Dr Rakesh Veedu, the main organiser of the conference.

“The students will learn about the importance of and even some scientific insights on how to develop gene targeting therapy.

“This conference will provide an opportunity for students to interact with PhD researchers, young investigators and senior Professors who will describe their goals and research achievements in a very simplified manner,” continued Dr Veedu.

“Functional nucleic acid therapy is one of the most promising approaches to target genes and develop therapy against an array of diseases.”

Professors such as Peter Klinken (Chief Scientist of WA), Jesper Wengal (University of Southern Denmark), Peter Leedman (Harry Perkins Institute) and Australian Eureka Prize winners, Professors Steve Wilton and Sue Fletcher, will be among just a handful of international scientist the high school students will have the opportunity to spend time with.

All speakers will provide their new research findings in the field. Professors Wilton and Fletcher will provide an update on their clinical trial on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, with one of their students also sharing a breakthrough result on Pompe’s disease.

“I expect that this conference will set a foundation towards not only establishing a strong nucleic acid chemical biology research community in Australia, but also introduce the next generation of chemists to the world of research,” Dr Veedu added.

The FNA Perth Conference is sponsored by WANRI (Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute), the Centre for Comparative Genomics, Murdoch University, Australian Journal of Chemistry, IDT, Scientifix Life, Promega, Genesearch, Geneworks and Row Scientific.

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