13th MND Australia Research Conference

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) researchers as well as the broader MND community are invited to attend the 13th MND Australia Research Conference: Investing in Innovation, Partnering for Progress to be opened by Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP. 

Join us to celebrate 30 years of accomplishment in Australian MND research, hear about the latest MNDRIA-funded research and contribute to a forum on a research roadmap for the future. 

Following on from the Conference is the 3rd MND Connect 2017 (11 November), an interactive forum connecting people impacted by MND with Australia's leading MND researchers. 
13th MND Australia Research Conference

Date: Friday 10 November

Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm, followed by poster session from 6 pm

Venue: The Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, University of Sydney



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Welcoming address

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Federal Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP will speak about Australia's investment in health and medical research and the valuable contribution of the community to research in Australia. 

30 years of investment and achievement

Associate Professor Ian Blair

Professor Steve Vucic
For 30 years the MND Research Institute of Australia (MNDRIA) has wisely invested donors’ gifts to build and sustain MND research in Australia. We have championed the best MND research; the visionaries, pioneers and innovators who have moved us closer to finding effective treatments and a cure for MND.  

To mark MNDRIA’s $25 million contribution to research, we will launch $25 Million, 25 Milestones; changing the future of MND. This report details the top MNDRIA-funded advancements that will help to change the future of MND, positioning Australia as a world leader in MND research. Keynote presenters, Associate Professor Ian Blair and Professor Steve Vucic will give an insight into their research journeys and provide their vision of the future of MND gene discovery and diagnosis.

Roadmap for the future

Associate Professor Tracey DicksonDr Peter CrouchDr Michelle FarrarDr Anne Hogden
Together with keynote presenters Associate Professor Blair and Professor Vucic; Associate Professor Tracey Dickson, Dr Peter Crouch, Dr Michelle Farrar and Dr Anne Hogden will participate in a session including a panel discussion on developing a roadmap for the future. Delegates are encouraged to voice their own ideas to make this a dynamic, interactive session. If preferred, delegates can submit their ideas and comments in advance.

MND research progress 

As in previous years, we look forward to hearing about the latest research from MNDRIA-funded researchers. Read about research projects funded by MNDRIA.

To submit an abstract, complete the form below or download the abstract submission form.

Drinks reception and poster session 

Peruse posters, meet Australia's up-and-coming MND researchers and network with colleagues, all while enjoying complimentary drinks and canapes  from 6pm to 8pm. 


Getting there


Directions to the auditorium: from Missenden Road Camperdown, go down John Hopkins Drive (next to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) until you reach the Charles Perkins Centre. The Auditorium is on the side near the Centenary Institute, see map

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Travelling by car 

MND Australia has received funding from the Australian Government's Disability, Mental Health and Carers Program under the National Disability Conference Initiative to support the attendance of people with disability and their carers to MND Connect. Contact us or indicate on the form below if you require a disabled parking spot, a wheelchair taxi voucher or subsidised travel from a regional area to attend this event.

Accessibility for people with a disability

Some parking spots will be reserved for people with a disability and their carers in the Charles Perkins Centre underground car park. There is a designated drop-off point a short distance from the Auditorium – the corner of Lambie Dew Drive and Grose Farm Lane. The venue will be well signposted and staff will be on hand to assist. A lift is available to take people to the Auditorium. 


Submit an Abstract

Deadline for abstracts: 5 pm Friday 6th October 2017 

MND researchers are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for an oral or poster presentation. PhD students supported by MNDRIA are invited to submit abstracts for a poster presentation. 

To submit an abstract, complete this form or download the abstract submission form.



Registration to this free Conference is essential.

RSVP: Before Tuesday 7 November 2017

Complete this form or phone 02 8287 4980

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Contact Rachel Rizk or phone 02 8287 4980

The 13th MND Australia Research Conference is generously supported by The University of Sydney.

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