Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference 2016


Keynote Speakers

The Organising Committee are pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:


Professor Alison Venn, Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Professor Alison VennProfessor Alison Venn is an epidemiologist with a research focus on the causes, prevention and management of chronic disease. Her early research training was in immunology and biochemistry in the UK and Melbourne, followed by ten years of research in women’s reproductive health. As Director of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania, she’s committed to the Institute’s mission to perform internationally significant medical research that leads to healthier, longer and better lives for Tasmanians.

Research interests: chronic disease, obesity, data linkage


Professor Jill Cook, Deputy Director Australian Centre for Research in Injury in Sport and its Prevention

Professor Jill CookJill Cook is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas.