Landmark new lecture series to drive community understanding of key societal challenges

Jeremy Nicholson smiling in a lab coat at the Australian National Phenome Centre

The inaugural Katitjin Djenna Biddi Murdoch University Lecture takes place on May 11, a celebration of the world leading research being undertaken by our outstanding scientists.

Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Director of the Australian National Phenome Centre, is presenting the first lecture on how precision medicine will change lives. 

“Alongside a global network of labs and universities, we are using the very latest health science technology to understand how and why the interactions between our genes and the environment give rise to particular diseases,” Professor Nicholson explained. 


We have already developed a model that can predict a patient’s COVID trajectory from day one. Now, we are applying this approach to diseases across the board to inform the development of precision medicine that will transform healthcare."Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Director of the Australian National Phenome Centre
“The real-time diagnostic tools and preventative health programs being developed as a result of this research are poised to change lives and industry.”
This lecture will explain that journey – how the very latest health science is addressing the real-world problems of tomorrow and why precision medicine will change the life trajectories of us all.  

Professor Peter Davies, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, said the inaugural lecture was a great sign of what’s to come. 

“This is a terrific example of world leading research with relevance to people across Australia and around the world,” Professor Davies said. 

“It’s also a perfect demonstration of what Katitjin Djenna Biddi is all about – engaging and informing the public of the latest science and how it will impact them.” 

The Noongar name of the series translates to ‘knowledge walking pathway’, which was bestowed by the Ngangk Yira Institute for Change Elders Council. It’s an important acknowledgement of the land on which the research is being undertaken, which has been a place of learning for tens of thousands of years. 

The lecture will be presented from the University’s new academic building Boola Katitjin, which sets a global benchmark for sustainability and innovative teaching technology.

Professor Nicholson’s is the first of four lectures to take place over the course of the year, with food, culture and environmental research leaders from each of Murdoch’s research institutes to share solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges. 

Everyone is welcome to view the lecture, with registration for the livestream available here. Professor Nicholson will deliver a 45-minute presentation followed by a panel discussion with Western Australian health leaders, where the audience will have an opportunity to ask their own questions of the experts.

The Australian National Phenome Centre is part of Murdoch University’s Health Futures Institute, bringing together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and our local WA community to transform how long and how well people live, not just in Australia, but around the world.  

The inaugural lecture supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 

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10 May 2023

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