RAM Conference on the Gold Coast, August 2018

Institute of Glycomics, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th August 2018

Printable Flyer: RAM Conference August 2018 (with Rotaractor discount)

RAM Conference Program’18

Please register and complete payment for your attendance by following these two steps:

  1. Please register your details via the online form
  2. Please scroll down to proceed to payment via RAWCS Project No: 60-2015-16 Conference Fees for Annual RAM Conference

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Full Conference (incl. dinner): $110Saturday Only: $55Sunday Only: $55Conference Dinner Only: $55Rotaractors discounted price $20 for SaturdayRotaractors discounted price $20 for SundayRotaractors discounted price $50 Conference Dinner

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If yes please select your preferred time(s) on Saturday 25th Aug

9th August UPDATE: the 10:30am malaria lab is now full! Places are filling fast for the 9:00am lab experience

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For enquiries or assistance with registration, please contact:
Virginia Turner: [email protected] or Dave Pearson: [email protected]

2018 Speakers

Albi Bobogare Solomon Islands Director of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program.

Hon Rob Borbidge AO Rob is a member of the Griffith University Council-its governing body. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Advice
for the Institute for Glycomics.  He was the State member for Surfers Paradise for 20 years, a Minister of the Crown in several portfolios,
Opposition Leader, and the 35th Premier of the State. He is Chairman of LifeFlight Australia, Chair of Study Gold Coast and Chairman of Cedar Creek Cellars. He is Senior Counsel for Brisbane-based government relations company, Govstrat and Chair of the Legacy Advisory Committee for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Assoc Prof Helen Evans AO

Helen Evans AO served as Deputy CEO at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance based in Geneva from 2009 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to joining Gavi, she served as Deputy Executive Director at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, also based in Geneva, between 2005 and 2009. She is an expert in public health and development and social policy with a particular focus on infectious diseases.

Now living in Melbourne Helen has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at The Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and serves as a board member of The Fred Hollows Foundation and the Burnet Institute. She is also a member of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis andMalaria, a member of the Technical Reference Group for the Australian Government’s Regional Health Security Initiative, a member of the Foundation Committee of the Global Health Alliance Melbourne, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs .

Ben Ricki Solomon Islands Director of Health Promotions.

Dr Merita Monteiro Timor Leste Head of Communicable Disease.

Dr Manel Yapabandara WHO Technical Advisor on Malaria in Timor Leste.

 Dr. Theresia Sarlyn Ralo MPH is the Head Division of Diseases Prevention Control in NTT Province Health Office. Her scope of work includes planning, implementing, monitoring evaluation of various efforts to control both communicable, non communicable diseases including surveillance and immunisation at 21 districts and 1 town in NTT Province. 

Dr Ralo lives in Kupang and was born in Kupang. She completed her medical education at Krida Wacana Christian University Jakarta, 2000. Then completed a Master’s Degree at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta in 2009, field of Maternal Neonatal and Reproduction Health studies. Dr Ralo started her career as a doctor at puskesmas as well as the head of the puskesmas in Eban Health Center. She then went on to become a government employee and still works at the Sikumana Health Center in Kupang City as a doctor an as a head of the puskesmas in 2003 until 2009. Her experience then took her to work at the NTT Provincial Health Office as staff in the Maternal and Child Health Section start on 2010. In 2012 she was promoted as head of the health emergency response section. Then in 2014 until now, she has been the head of Diseases Control Prevention.

Dr Ralo has attended the HIV AIDS Conference in 2012 in Thailand, as well as the Malaria Prevention and Treatment for Infants, Children and Pregnant Women at the Melbourne University in 2017. Dr Ralo states that “attending RAM Annual Conference is an honour for the Indonesian Goverment, especially the NTT Provincial Goverment and of course for me personally.”


Dr Anand Odedra

Completed undergraduate studies at University College London including both MBBS (Medicine) and Intercalated BSci 1st class honours in pharmacology. Underwent medical training in London and subsequently undertook the East African Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2011. Completed core medical training and MRCP examination in London. Has been released from registrar training in Infectious diseases and Microbiology in Sheffield to work as a clinical research fellow at QIMR Berghofer Brisbane and pursue a PhD with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Primarily in the induced blood stage malaria human challenge studies.  

Ivor Harris is a veterinary scientist and microbiologist/parasitologist with a mixed career background in veterinary practice, laboratory animal science, and scientific experience in microbiology and malaria research and field studies.

Ivor has been an Army Medical Corps scientific officer at the ADF Malaria and Infectious Diseases Institute (formerly Army Malaria Institute AMI) since 1997. He retired from the full time regular army as senior scientific officer/deputy director at AMI with rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014 and still works there as a part time army reservist.

His particular interests in malaria research are use of animal models in anti-malarial drug development and drug discovery, malaria diagnosis by microscopy, and conduct of malarial field surveys and implementation of malarial control methods. He is a WHO certified expert malaria microscopist, and has participated in anti-malarial drug studies in East Timor, and malaria population surveys and field research studies in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

2017 Speakers

 Ben Rickie Kiokimo (Director Health Promotion Department Solomon Islands Ministry of Health);

 Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Assoc. Prof. Harin Karunajeewa; 

 Dr Merita Monteiro (Timor Leste Ministry of Health);

 RAM PhD student Edgar Pollard;

 Prof Denis Shanks (Australian Army Malaria Institute);

  Dr Danielle Stanisic (Griffith Uni);

  Assoc. Prof Bayden Wood (Monash Uni);

  RAM PNG Program Manager Tim Freeman;