Cutaneous Biology 2018

On behalf of the Australasian Wound and Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS), the Molecular & Experimental Pathology Society of Australasia (MEPSA) and the Australasian Society for Dermatology Research (ASDR) we invite you to be part of our first ever joint meeting on Cutaneous Biology. This meeting will provide a significant forum for the exchange of new data and will provide an update on the progress and application of cutting edge materials and technologies for skin biology, tissue pathology, wound healing and repair. The organising committee has put together an exciting and comprehensive program that incorporates both basic and clinical research on tissue repair and regeneration as well as photobiology and skin cancer providing a valuable forum for scientists and clinicians to discuss the latest advances in this area. In particular, we are hoping to also enlighten our audience with some of the cutting edge technical advances provided by industry in the conduct of basic and clinical research.

The AWTRS will be granting a number of travel awards to this conference. Details will be sent out via the AWTRS newsletter and can be found on the conference website. If you are not on our mailing list, then please e-mail Brooke Farrugia ( with please add me to the AWTRS mailing list in the subject header.

The conference will contain a mixture of oral and poster presentations, with prizes offered by each society for the best oral and best poster presentation by our Early Career Researchers. The program includes all major aspects of cutaneous biology including:

  • Wound repair
  • Photobiology and Skin cancer
  • New Approaches for Regenerative Medicine
  • Melanoma and skin cancer
  • Inflammation
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Organ regeneration, cancer & aging
  • Frontiers in Cutaneous Biology

EMCR sessions

The Australian Academy of Sciences Theo Murphy Initiative will be sponsoring two sessions dedicated to supporting ECRs and MCRs in their careers. The first EMCR session, ‘Developing a research track record on a shoestring’, will be delivered as a 2-3 hour workshop by Hugh Kearns from ThinkWell. This workshop will provide key skills that will equip EMCRs with key skills to survive, thrive and develop their track record in the current challenging grant environment. The second an EMCR MasterClass will involve a panel of researcher from diverse backgrounds and Q&A. A social evening is also organised maximise the opportunities for EMCRs to network and relax after one of the sessions. This event will be held at an off-site location ~5 mins walk from the conference venue.

The University of Queensland Research Station at Stradbroke Island, just off the coast of Brisbane, provides a stunning location with an intimate feel about the conference allowing delegates and sponsors to focus on the science and interact throughout the days and a conference dinner on the last evening.

We look forward to your support and to seeing you in October 2018.

The AWTRS/MEPSA/ASDR Cutaneous Biology Meeting 2018 Organising Committee:

  • Dr Rachael Murray (President AWTRS), Queensland University of Technology
  • A/Prof Scott Byrne (President MEPSA), University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Joe Rothnagel (President ASDR), University of Queensland
  • Prof Allison Cowin, University of South Australia
  • Prof Nikolas Haass, University of Queensland
  • A/Prof Pritinder Kaur, Curtin University
  • A/Prof Kiarash Khosrotehrani, University of Queensland
  • Dr Brooke Farrugia, University of New South Wales
  • Dr Leila Cuttle, Queensland University of Technology
  • Dr Katie Dixon, University of Sydney
  • Dr James Wells, University of Queensland
  • Dr Shelley Gorman, Telethon Kids Institute