Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
MS McLeod Research Seminar Series

MS McLeod Research Seminar Series

The MS McLeod Research Fund (overseen by the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation) supports a monthly research seminar series at the Women's and Children's Health Network (WCHN).

The MS McLeod Research Fund was established by a bequest from the estate of Murdoch Stanley McLeod. The purpose of this fund is to support in perpetuity paediatric research. This fund also offers various scholarships, fellowships and grants annually.

One of the popular initiatives of the Fund is to sponsor the MS McLeod Research Seminar Series, which is held monthly (February – November), usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month (as listed below but with some flexibility for dates) at 12.30 pm in the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The seminars will be preceded by light refreshments at 12 noon.

Each year the Research Seminar Series Organising Committee seeks nominations from WCHN staff to bring leading researchers/speakers in your research field to Adelaide for the MS McLeod Research Seminars at the Hospital. This represents a great opportunity for staff to interact with like-minded researchers and/or interesting speakers in Adelaide. Whilst a seminar is required, the speaker’s time is otherwise free enabling their presentation to be combined with a visit to your Department.

Each national or international speaker can be funded for a return airfare to Adelaide (from within Australia and from the nearest Australian capital city), one nights’ accommodation at a hotel/apartment near the WCH, and an honorarium. Lunch is also provided on the day of the Seminar.

Please note that priority will be given to leading and experienced researchers / speakers who will address topics of relevance to women's and children's health, in particular in the area of paediatric research.

If there is anyone you want to nominate as a MS McLeod speaker, please contact Katherine McPhail via e-mail at katherine.mcphail@sa.gov.au in the first instance with details of your nomination and a sentence or two about why the person should be invited as an MS McLeod speaker including the relevance of their presentation to paediatric research.

All nominations will be assessed for suitability by the Organising Committee upon receiving the attached completed Speaker Application Form.

Any additional enquiries to:

Dr Andrea Averis
Tel:  (08) 8161 7703 or email: andrea.averis@sa.gov.au

Katherine McPhail
Tel:  (08) 8161 8175 or email: katherine.mcphail@sa.gov.au

Seminar Program 2017



Position / Organisation


22 Feb

Prof Michael Jensen

Director of the Ben Towne Centre for Childhood Cancer Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

CAR T cells in the paediatric oncology clinic: CD19 CAR T cells as the paradigm
1 Mar

Dr Harvey Lander & Dr Jonny Taitz

Director Systems Improvement at the CEC   &     Director CEC Paediatric Quality and Safety program

SEPSIS KILLS: Early intervention saves lives in NSW

22 Mar

Prof Michael Kruer

MD, distinguished clinical geneticist and paediatrician at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Departments of Child Health and Genetics. Chair at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine Phoenix.

Can Genetic discoveries benefit patients with cerebral palsy?
26 Apr
Mr Roger Gent

Head Sonographer Paediatric Ultrasound, WCHN

Paediatric ultrasound at ACH/WCHN – A forty year prospective

24 May

CEO Grand Round

28 Jun

Prof Simon Barry
Women's and Children's Health Network

T cells are mediators of disease risk, but can be re-purposed for immunotherapy.

30 Aug   (2-4pm)

Prof Kathryn North
Genomics and the Brave New World of Personalised medicine: A Global and Local Perspective. 

27 Sep

Prof Robyn Young

School of Psychology, Flinders University

The changing face of Autism

25 Oct

Prof William Runciman
Professor of Patient Safety, Centre for Population Health Research – School of Health Sciences - University of South Australia

“CareTrack Kids” study  and Climate change and global warming “The biggest issues ever for child health – or a climate hoax?”

15 Nov
Mr Graham Music
Consultant Child Psychotherapist. Tavistock Clinic in London, UK
'How  troubled early emotional experiences lead to compromised adult physical and mental health'
22 Nov
A/Prof Erna Snelgrove-Clarke
Dalhousie University Canada.
Practice Development


last modified: 06 Nov 2017