Associate Professor David Curtis is a Viertel Medical Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases based at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. Professor Curtis will be speaking at the forthcoming 30 Sept Translational Research symposiumhosted by Central Clinical School. See detail below.
Following medical training as a clinical haematologist and bone marrow transplant physician, David completed his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research WEHI in 1998, where he utilised transgenic mouse models to study oncogene collaboration in leukemia.
After a three year post-doctoral stint at the National Institutes of Health, USA, David returned to establish an independent research program using mouse models to understand the genetic and epigenetic regulation of hematopoietic stem cells.
His translational research strategy is to develop and study mice that harbour common gene mutations found in human acute leukaemia, focusing on leukemic stem cells; rare cells within the leukaemia that are responsible for the development of leukaemia and resistance to our current treatments.
A/Prof Curtis will be speaking at the Central Clinical School's Translational Research Symposium Wednesday, 30 September 2015, on the topic of "Mighty Mouse or Mickey Mouse". David will provide an example of how mouse models can be used to identify novel approaches to killing leukemic stem cells.
All welcome, see details:
Time: 8.00 am registration for 9.00 am start. Drinks and canapes from 6-8 pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the BakerIDI Institute at 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main Alfred Hospital entrance. See map.
Ph +61 3 9903 0640