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Australian Animals; Saving us and saving them

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  • The Powerhouse Museum
    500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

Australia is home to a wide variety of unique flora and fauna. From fluffy marsupials to dangerous spiders Australia has it all. So how do we protect our diverse creatures and ensure their survival? And could this wide array of species hold any clues for human health? Our researchers are investigating.

Join us at the Powerhouse Museum to learn about how we can save Australian animals, and why they may be able to save us.

Hosted by Dr Nisha Duggan, the night will include interactive activities and refreshments followed by two talks and a panel session from two of our key researchers Dr Carolyn Hogg and Professor Richard Payne.

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About the speakers

Professor Kathy Belov AO, Dr Carolyn Hogg and their team are working to protect Australian species including koalas through genomic research. Kathy and Caroline are building a genome map of Australian koalas to help determine features that are important for koala survival. They are also investigating marsupial milk and pouch environments to investigate unique molecules that may be used to improve animal or human health.

Professor Richard Payne and his team are working on developing new drugs to treat human disease, taking inspiration from insects and arachnids. Want to hear how ticks may be able to help treat stoke and funnel-web spiders may help treat heart attack? Come along to the Powerhouse to find out more.

This event is supported by Inspiring Australia NSW as part of National Science Week.