The Alumni Hour series provides an in-depth look into some of the Faculty's most extraordinary and accomplished Alumni. Join us and renowned ABC presenter Angela Lavoipierre for conversations that will inspire the next generation of health care professionals.
Past Event – Alumni Hour with Associate Professor Misty Jenkins
Misty Jenkins (BSc(Hons) 2001, PhD 2007) leads her own immunotherapy lab searching for a cure for cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
Her tenacity and resilience have seen her complete a PhD in Immunology at the University of Melbourne and go on to postdoctoral positions at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.
Alongside her research and advocacy for brain cancer patients, Misty dedicates much of her time to supporting the next generation of female researchers in health.
Misty is an NHMRC fellow, ambassador of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, committee member of the Aurora Project, a project which supports education opportunities for Indigenous Australians, and a founding member of the Women in Science Parkville Precinct (WISPP) committee.
Past Event – Alumni Hour with Associate Professor Tom Oxley
Associate Professor Tom Oxley (PhD 2017) is a vascular and interventional neurologist and world expert in brain computer interfaces.
He is the founding CEO of Synchron, Director of Innovation Strategy in the Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and was key in establishing the Vascular Bionics laboratory at the University of Melbourne, which he currently co-leads with Associate Professor Nick Opie.
During his PhD, Tom worked on preclinical model of the Stentrode, a fully implantable medical device that can translate brain signals from the inside of a blood vessel without the need for open-brain surgery. This pioneering ‘thought-controlled movement’ technology will revolutionise how we treat a number of previously untreatable nervous system conditions, including the ability to help paralysed patients restore functional independence, or improve the quality of life for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Tom became fascinated with the brain around the age of 12, initially pursuing psychiatry before entering into the world of medicine and completing his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.
Past event – Alumni Hour with Associate Professor Luke Burchill
Associate Professor Luke Burchill (MBBS (Hons) 1999, PhD 2013) is Australia’s first Aboriginal cardiologist. He is a Yorta Yorta/ Dja Dja Wurrung man who grew up on country in Mooroopna and Echuca.
Based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, he is an accomplished clinician scientist and currently leads the Cardiovascular Health Equity Group at the University of Melbourne. Luke is on a mission to achieve health equity in the communities that he serves, particularly adults living with congenital heart disease and Victoria’s Aboriginal community.
Past event – Alumni Hour with Dr Bronwyn King AO
Dr Bronwyn King AO (MBBS 1999) is a social entrepreneur, movement maker, medical specialist and globally renowned humanitarian on a mission to inspire and transform organisations into purpose driven, sustainable businesses. Tobacco Free Portfolios, a global advocacy organisation she founded, has redefined finance industry standards.