Event Date 10 Nov 2018 to 10 Oct 2018 (10:00 am - 3:00 am)
Location Ian Potter Auditorium - University of Melbourne
The 4th annual MND Connect meeting for the MND community will be held In Victoria. People living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), their friends and family, health and community care professionals, researchers as well as the broader MND community are invited to attend the 4th MND Connect 2018.
You can also register to join Associate Professor Bradley Turner on a tour of his lab at the conclusion of MND Connect. 
MND Australia has received funding from the Australian Government Disability, Mental Health and Carers Program under the National Disability Conference Initiative to support the attendance of people with a disability and their carers at MND Connect.  As these funds are limited we encourage you to indicate on the registration form if you would like assistance with the cost of travel, parking or taxi costs. Reimbursements of up to $100 will be confirmed on a first come first served basis.

MND, one disease with many faces

Arrival and Morning tea – 9.30 am 

10:10 am  Welcome  David Ali, President MND Australia  

10:15 am Opening address – MND, one disease with many faces  Dr Susan Mathers, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Victoria 

Session 1: Chair - Dr Susan Mathers

10:25 am  A Carers Perspective  Maria Nanfra   

10:35 am A personal perspective: Living with MND  Ewa Weinzieher  

10:45 am  The MND jigsaw: patterns within the puzzle Dr Thanuja Dharmadasa, University of Sydney 

11:05 am  Cognition and behaviour and MND Associate Professor Gail Robinson, University of Queensland 

11:25 am Managing Bulbar Symptoms and advances in communication technology  Roxanne Maule, Calvary Healthcare Bethlehem, Victoria  

11:45 am  Breathing life into MND   Professor David Berlowitz, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 

12:05 – 1 pm Lunch 

Session 2: Chair - Dr Shyuan Ngo   

1:00 pm  Genes and the environment: The Different Causes of MND Associate Professor Ken Rodgers, University of Technology Sydney 

1:20 pm   Multidisciplinary care and palliative care  Dr Peter Allcroft, Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia 

1:40 pm   Voluntary Assisted Dying  Emeritus Professor Margaret O’Connor AM, Monash University, Melbourne   

2:00 pm   The Role of Stem Cells in Screening Drugs as Potential  Therapies Associate Professor Bradley Turner, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne 

2:15 pm  Clinical Trials Update Associate Professor Rob Henderson, University of Queensland       

2:30 pm  Panel discussion – led by Rob Henderson  

2:50 pm  Closing remarks, Dr Susan Mathers and Carol Birks, CEO MND Australia   

3:00 pm   Lab visits (if preregistered), Associate Professor Bradley Turner   

More information here https://www.mndaust.asn.au/Discover-our-research/grants-and-research-meetings/4th-MND-Connect.aspx

Event Date 10 Nov 2018 to 10 Oct 2018 (10:00 am - 3:00 am)
Location Ian Potter Auditorium - University of Melbourne