09 Oct, 2017


The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) is hosting the first of three symposia on Regenerative Medicine and Developmental Biology. Over two days, key researchers from Australia, Chile and Brazil will meet at Monash University to:

  • share scientific expertise
  • strengthen existing academic and institutional relationships
  • access local and international networks of excellence, and
  • promote global mobility of the next generation of scientific leaders. The ABC Symposia will continue in 2018 in Chile and 2019 in Brazil.

Speakers for the Australian symposium include:

  • Prof. Miguel Allende
  • Prof. Peter Currie
  • Prof. Lucia Alvares
  • Dr. Frank Tulenko
  • Dr. José Xavier Neto
  • Dr. Mirana Ramialison
  • Prof. Juan Larraín
  • Dr. Hozana Castillo
  • Prof. Susie Nilsson
  • Prof. Graham Lieschke
  • Assoc Prof. Andrew Laslett
  • Assoc Prof. Mikael Martino
  • Assoc Prof. Alvaro Glavic
  • Assoc Prof. Edwina McGlinn
  • Dr. Fernando Faunes

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Scientific Program:

Day 1: Monday 9 October 2017

9:15-9:30 Opening Ceremony

Prof. Pauline Nestor Vice-Provost (Research), Monash University, Australia

Chair: Dr. Hozana Castillo (Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory, Brazil and ARMI, Australia)
9:30-10:00 Exploring the Genomes of South American Cyprinidontiform Fish Displaying Unique Life Histories and Developmental Mechanisms

Prof. Miguel Allende (FONDAP Center for Genome Regulation (CGR), Universidad de Chile, Chile)

10:00-10:30 Somite derived cells and the fin to limb transition

Prof. Peter Currie (ARMI, Australia)

10:30-11:00 Regulatory versus Protein-coding Sequences – How Myostatin Evolved in Animals with Different Muscle and Metabolic Phenotypes

Prof. Lucia Alvares (University of Campinas, Brazil)

11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Leukocyte development and function – insights from zebrafish studies

Prof. Graham Lieschke (ARMI, Australia)​

12:00-12:30 Evolution of the Vertebrate Paired Appendages: Insights from Paddlefish and Catshark

Dr. Frank Tulenko (ARMI, Australia)

12:30-13:30 Lunch
Chair: Assoc Prof. Edwina McGlinn (ARMI, Australia)​
13:30-14:00 The Tangled Origins of Cardiac Chamber-“specific” Gene Regulatory Networks​

Dr. José Xavier Neto (Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory, Brazil)

14:00-14:30 Cis-regulation of Heart Development

Dr. Mirana Ramialison (ARMI, Australia)

14:30-16:00 Poster Session


Day 2: Tuesday 10 October 2017

Chair: Dr. Fernando Faunes (Universidad Andres Bello, Chile)
9:30-10:00 Spinal Cord Regeneration in the African Frog Xenopus Laevis

Prof. Juan Larraín (Center for Aging and Regeneration, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)

10:00-10:30 Identification of the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Zebrafish Spinal Cord Regeneration

Dr. Hozana Castillo (Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory, Brazil and ARMI, Australia)

10:30-11:00 Osteopontin is an Important Regulative Component of Foetal BM Haemopoietic Niche

Prof. Susie Nilsson (ARMI and CSIRO, Australia)

11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:00 Harnessing Pluripotency: Novel Tools for Human Stem Cell Biology

Assoc Prof. Andrew Laslett (ARMI and CSIRO, Australia)

12:00-12:30 Delivering Morphogens and Immunomodulators to Promote Tissue Regeneration

Assoc Prof. Mikael Martino (ARMI, Australia)

12:30-14:30 Lunch
Chair: Prof. Juan Larraín (Center for Aging and Regeneration, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile)
14:30-15:00 Differential tRNA Modification Controls Translational Profiles in Differentiating and Proliferating Cells in Drosophila

Assoc Prof. Alvaro Glavic (Universidad de Chile)

15:00-15:30 Revealing the Hox code in developing spinocerebellar neurons​

Assoc Prof. Edwina McGlinn (ARMI, Australia)

15:30-16:00 The Heterochronic Gene Lin28 Regulates Amphibian Metamorphosis through Disturbance of Thyroid Hormone Function

Dr. Fernando Faunes (Universidad Andres Bello, Chile)

16:00-16:30 Break
16:30-17:15 Roundtable Discussion: How to Capitalize Connections and Support Collaboration?

Prof. Abid Khan – Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement), (Monash University, Australia)

17:15-17:30 Poster Prize Announcement and Closing Remarks
17:30-18:30 Networking Drinks



Whilst each country will secure funding for hosting and travelling to the symposia, we seek additional financial and in-kind support to enable the attendance of early career researchers and future talent from all three countries. Allowing for an active participation of PhD and graduate research students in these events will be an investment into the next generation of regenerative medicine researchers and ensure the sustainability and progress of future scientific collaborations between Australia, Chile and Brazil.

Call for Sponsors

The Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute is pleased to bring you the 2017 ABC Symposium to be held on the 9th and 10th of October 2017 at Monash University, Clayton, Australia.
We would like to give our products and services vendors the opportunity to partner with us for this exciting and informative event. This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in the regenerative medicine and developmental biology sector to promote the worldwide advancement of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We offer our delegates an innovative program and stimulating clinical debates which will be led by a balance of international and national speakers and the opportunity for industry to contribute, not only by sponsorship, but by also taking part in the oral presentations representative of their field. As part of a comprehensive and effective marketing plan, sponsorship provides positive results and benefits to your brand and products – especially important in today’s economic climate.

  • Exposure to a local, national and international audience of regenerative medicine decision makers and influential people involved with regenerative medicine and developmental biology.
  • Opportunities to raise your company’s profile amongst a valuable target audience before, during and after this event.
  • Recognition including acknowledgement and clear demonstration of your organisation’s involvement, commitment and support.
  • Valuable insights, information and exposure to the latest developments in this field. Feel free to attend the scientific sessions.

To become a sponsor, or for more information, please contact Silvio Tiziani, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute on +61 (0)3 9902 9603, or at

ARMI ABC 2017 Symposium Program (PDF)

ARMI ABC Symposium 2017 (PDF)

ARMI ABC 2017 Symposium Book of Abstracts (PDF)

Monash University Clayton Campus Map (PDF)