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Prof. Andrea Maier

Prof. Andrea Maier graduated in Medicine at the Medical University Lübeck (Germany, 2003) and registered as a specialist Internal Medicine-Geriatrics at the Leiden University Medical Centre (The Netherlands, 2009). Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related diseases, with a particular focus on sarcopenia. In 2013, she was appointed as full Professor of Gerontology at the VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Since February 2016 she is Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne (Australia). During the last 10 years she conducted multiple national and European observational studies as well as clinical trials and published more than 240 peer reviewed articles in international journals. Her innovative, multidisciplinary @Age research team works in the Netherlands (@AgeAmsterdam) and in Australia (@AgeMelbourne). She is an invited member of several international academic and health policy committees and the President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research to increase the visibility, quantity and quality of translational ageing research.

Dr. Kylie Quinn

Dr Kylie Quinn is an RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow and leads the Ageing and Immunotherapies Group at RMIT University. Her group is developing ways to improve immune responses in the older individuals during infection, vaccination and new cell-based therapies such as chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CTT). CTT can achieve remarkable remission rates in haematological cancers, but it can be limited in older patients, as their immune cells are more difficult activate. Her work aims to identify what limits this activation of immune cells and to remove that barrier for older patients. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the John and Eileen Haddon Award for Geriatric Research from the Rebecca L Copper Foundation and the Maxwell Eagle Endowment Award for Cancer Research at RMIT. More broadly, Kylie has a long-standing interest in issues of equity and inclusion in science and is the current Australia and New Zealand Society of Immunology Women’s Initiative Co-ordinator.

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Dr. Camilla Tuttle

Dr. Camilla Tuttle is a postdoctoral researcher currently working with the @AgeMelbourne research group within the Department of Medicine. Dr. Tuttle received her PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2013.
Her dissertation focused on the role the epigenetic modification, histone acetylation, plays in exacerbating airway inflammation. After finishing her PhD, Dr. Tuttle spent 3 years at Baker Hearts and Diabetes Institute (Alice Springs) working as a clinical postdoc to develop her clinical trial, cohort trial and epidemiology skills. In December 2016 she joined Professor Andrea Maier’s Ageing Research group at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests lie in combining clinical and laboratory techniques to determine potential biomarkers of ageing and establishing the underlying causes of biological ageing.

A/Prof René Koopman

A/Prof René Koopman is a Lab Head in the Department of Physiology at The University of Melbourne (UoM). His research within the Centre for Muscle Research investigates the role of amino acid metabolism in the maintenance of skeletal muscle and how nutritional interventions can improve muscle metabolism and reduce wasting.
René has published more than 80 papers and reviews in leading scientific journals, cited more than 7000 times. He is one of the leading scientists in Australia tackling the mechanisms underlying the anabolic resistance to nutrition in health and disease. His team studied the effect of glycine supplementation in mice suffering from cancer cachexia and observed that glycine protects muscles from wasting in tumour-bearing mice by modulating inflammation. His research group has since published several papers on the effects of glycine and other non-essential amino acids on skeletal muscle homeostasis in cell and animal models of wasting and inflammation. He is currently involved in clinical trials testing the efficacy of these amino acids in reducing muscle wasting in ICU patients.


Rebecca Madill

Rebecca Madill is currently working as a Research Associate for the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health with a focus on research translation. Prior to this she completed her Master of Philosophy – Medicine Dentistry and Health Science (Medicine) in 2018, where her research focused on the equity of diabetic health service provision for residents in Melbourne's urban growth areas. Rebecca has a strong interest in health equity and completed her Master of Public Health in 2011 and a Bachelor of Nursing Science in 2005.


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