The Graeme Clark Oration - Australia's most prestigious free public science event
The 2016 Oration
30 August 2016
Science and Technology: New Frontiers for Helping People with Mental Illness
Thomas R. Insel, MD
Verily (Google Life Sciences), USA
Verily was spun off from Google in December 2015, originally called Google Life Sciences within Alphabet, a holding company for Google itself and affiliated entities. Verily has built a multidisciplinary team of doctors, engineers, chemists, and data gurus to tackle big mysteries of disease prevention and health.
Dr Tom Insel
Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, has served as Director of Clinical Neuroscience at Verily (formerly Google) Life Sciences since December 2015. Previously he was Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the $1.5B component of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders, from 2002 until 2015.
The organisers of the Graeme Clark Oration are proud to make opportunities for Victorian secondary schools to participate with this premier science event. Secondary schools throughout Victoria are invited to apply for the Graeme Clark Award for Innovation in Schools. The winning application will be announced at the conclusion of the 2016 Graeme Clark Oration and presented by the orator and Laureate Professor Emeritus Graeme Clark.
World's Science Leaders
The Oration brings to Melbourne some of the worlds greatest science leaders and is attended by local leaders from medical and biomedical research institutes, the academic community, the Australian and Victorian Governments, the philanthropic sector, representatives from the diplomatic corps, business leaders and some of our brightest Year 11 and 12 science students and their teachers.
My students and Staff greatly enjoyed the Oration and subsequent function. It certainly opened their eyes to some cutting edge Science but also to the esteem and value that such endeavour can bring. It is great to see Scientists being treated like ‘rock-stars’ for a change.
This is just a quick note to say how much I appreciated both the stunning lecture as well as the wonderful dinner where we could also do great networking. Your Convergence Science Network is a major contribution to scientific progress in Melbourne!
An event like this draws together politicians, scientists, the full gamut of some of the greatest minds and we sit around after an inspirational talk like tonight and talk about what we can do better.
Thank you for opening these
wonderful talks up to the general public. It is value for people to know the exciting things happening in science!
It is wonderful that as a student of health sciences I can hear such a world-class speaker in my hometown. And for free! Thank you, thank you for organising such an event!
Since the inaugural Oration was delivered by Professor Graeme Clark in 2008, the lecture has grown in stature and attracted outstanding orators, making it one of the most prestigious Orations within the Australian scientific lecture calendar.
The Graeme Clark Oration
The Graeme Clark Oration is delivered by global leaders in health and medical science in honour of Prof. Graeme Clark’s pioneering work in developing the bionic ear in Melbourne in the 1970’s. It is recognised as Australia’s most prestigious free public science event and is attended by secondary school students.
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