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Building relationships through international connections

Melbourne Genomics is cultivating key relationships with genomics experts around the world as we continue to grow our reputation for excellence in implementing DNA sequencing into healthcare.

The Alliance has hosted three international visitors in recent weeks – superbugs expert Professor Yehuda Carmeli from Israel, genomics health services researcher Dr Yvonne Bombard from Canada, and Clinical Laboratory Director Dr Shimul Chowdhury from Rady Children’s Institute (USA).

Controlling Superbugs clinical co-leader, Dr Norelle Sherry, said Professor Carmeli’s visit brought new perspectives to the Flagship’s work. She said the professor shared his team’s approaches to collaboration, data collection and sharing, patient tracking and infection control interventions.

“This visit has enhanced existing ties between Melbourne and Israel, and future research collaborations are being planned,” Dr Sherry commented.

Professor Carmeli also gave two professional seminars, at the Doherty Institute and Austin Health, on the topic, ‘Controlling Superbugs: The Israel Experience’.

Dr Bombard met with health services researchers, public policy experts, clinical researchers and members of the Melbourne Genomics Community Advisory Group. A professional seminar, on the subject of patients’ experiences with incidental findings through genomic sequencing, topped off a busy two days in Melbourne.

“Dr Bombard’s visit proved an important opportunity to connect, and extend relationships with our peers in Canada, who are doing very similar work to Melbourne Genomics,” Professor Ingrid Winship, Executive Director of Research and Professor of Adult Clinical Genetics at Royal Melbourne Hospital, who co-hosted the professional seminar.

Dr Shimul Chowdhury, whose visit was supported by Illumina and hosted by Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, engaged with peers working on genomic sequencing in critical care for rapid patient diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Genomics had a strong presence at the Australian Health Informatics Conference (HIC) and the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Annual Scientific Meeting, both held in Sydney in recent days. Well done to all presenters who shared Melbourne Genomics data and experience with these important national and international audiences.

Image: Genomics health services researcher Dr Yvonne Bombard (centre) met with Melbourne Genomics Community Advisory Group Members Janney Wale (left) and Heather Renton during her visit.