ESA - SRB 2014

The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Endocrine Society of Australia and the Society for Reproductive Biology 2014 was held from 24th - 27th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

***Registration for the conference is now closed***


Social functions included...

"Meeting of Minds" Student/Scholar Function 

Date: Monday 25th August 2014
Venue: P.J. O'Brien's
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Costs: Only $35 for Students | $55 Scholar (Dinner & drinks included)
Location: Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank, Victoria. (5 minute walk from the MCEC)

The Meeting of Minds is a social function for all delegates attending the conference. It is for students and scholars alike and is a fantastic opportunity for students to pick the brains of their peers and professors. 


ESA - SRB Conference Dinner 
Date: Tuesday 26th August 2014
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Time: 7 for 7.30pm

Costs: $110 per ticket 

The ESA-SRB Conference Dinner is without a doubt the social highlight of the conference. With a live band, 3 course meal and drinks included this is an event not to miss. So dress up, bring your best dance moves and groove your way into the wee hours of the morning.


Plenary speakers for 2014:

ESA 2014 Plenary Lecturer
Dr. Benita S. Katzenellenbogen

Dr. Katzenellenbogen is the Swanlund Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Illinois and College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA.

ESA 2014 Harrison Lecturer
Prof. Sundeep Khosla
Professor Khosla is the Dr. Francis Chucker and Nathan Landow Research Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Director of the Centre for Clinical and Translational Science and Dean for Scientific Development at Mayo Clinic, USA.  His research interests include mechanisms of age-related bone loss and sex steroid regulation of bone metabolism.

ESA 2014 Taft Plenary Lecturer
Prof. John Wass
Professor Wass is the Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, UK, and was Head of the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism until 2011. He currently holds the position of Academic Vice President of
the Royal College of Physicians, London. His research interests include pituitary tumours, adrenal disease, angiogenesis in endocrinology and the genetics of osteoporosis and thyroid disease.
ESA/ADS 2014 Plenary Lecturer
Prof. Adrian Clark
Adrian Clark graduated in medicine in 1976 and, after training in general internal medicine, worked as registrar in endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital and as research registrar at the Unit for Metabolic Medicine at Guy’s Hospital. He then trained for five years in molecular biology and receptor biology at the National Institutes of Health in the USA, before returning to the UK to take up a Senior Lectureship in molecular endocrinology at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.  He later became Professor of Medicine in 2001 and Deputy Director of the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts.  His research has centred around disorders of the pituitary adrenal axis and especially the genetic basis of adrenocortical failure where he and his group have discovered a series on novel genetic mechanisms.
In 2012 he was appointed Dean of Research and Enterprise and Deputy Principal at St George's University of London.  He is also the current Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Endocrinology and the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology.

SRB 2014 President’s Lecturer
Prof. Gerald P. Schatten
Professor Schatten is Director of the Pittsburgh Development Center, Vice Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Director of the Division of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine, as well as Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania.
SRB 2014 Founder’s Lecturer
Professor Robert Norman
Robert Norman holds a personal chair as Professor for Reproductive and Periconceptual Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and is a subspecialist in reproductive medicine (CREI) and in endocrine biochemistry (FRCPA). He was Director of the Robinson Institute at the University of Adelaide from 2008 to 2013.

Andrew Horne
Andrew Horne is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh ( and a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.  He has a major research interest in Fallopian tube and endometrial biology, embryo implantation and early pregnancy problems.  His aim is to further understanding of the causes of ectopic pregnancy, develop a blood test to better diagnose the condition, and investigate novel methods for treating ectopic pregnancy. He also leads a multidisciplinary pelvic pain service and runs an endometriosis clinic.

ESA Symposium themes include "The endocrinology of cancer", "The fat spectrum", "Advances in pituitary tumour management”, “Insights in ageing and disease states on bone biology”, “Update in Neuroendocrine Tumours” and “Local fauna: the influence of gut microbiome on obesity and Type 2 diabetes”.
SRB Symposium themes include "Growing Healthy Embryos", "Finding Novel Targets for Contraception", "Reproductive actions of TGFβ superfamily members", a joint ESA-SRB Symposium entitled “Recent Advances in Reproductive Cancers” and more.  In addition, SRB will again be hosting a public forum on reproductive biology, entitled ‘Making Babies in the 21st Century: Stem cells and fertility preservation’.
We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne!
Ann McCormack (ESA POC chair)
Rebecca Robker (SRB POC Co-chair)
Kaye Stenvers (SRB POC Co-chair)

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