UQ Muscle Symposium

Fri 25 Oct 2019 8:30am3:00pm

UQ boasts a number of researchers working on skeletal muscle health, disease and adaptation. The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers from UQ and local institutes to showcase the breadth of research being undertaken and potentially build new research partnerships. We have two internationally recognized keynote speakers who will also share their research – Prof Graham Lamb (La Trobe University) & Prof Rob Herbert (NeuRA). 

Location: Building 26B, Room 219.

Organizers: Glen Lichtwark (Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences), Taylor Dick (Biomedical Sciences), Bradley Launikonis (Biomedical Sciences)

Event Registration: Please register HERE. A light lunch will also be provided for attendees.

Symposium Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Coffee and welcome

9:00 - 9:10 AM


9:10 - 10:00 AM

Keynote A: Prof Graham Lamb (La Trobe University) 

“The beauty of physiological mechanisms in skeletal muscle function and fatigue”

10:00 - 10:20 AM

Taylor Dick/Kylie Tucker (School of Biomedical Sciences)

“Optimising movement across the lifespan, in health and disease”

10:20 - 10:35 AM

Richard Mills (Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer)

“Bioengineered Human Skeletal Muscle for Drug Discovery.”

10:35 - 10:50AM

Patricio Pincheira Miranda (School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences)

“Sarcomere and Fascicle Length Adaptations after Eccentric Exercise Training”

10:50 - 11:05AM

Sandy Brauer (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

Title to be confirmed




Morning Coffee Break




Bradley Launikonis (School of Biomedical Sciences)

“Calcium signalling in health, exercise and functional decline of muscle”


Lee Barber (Children’s Health Research Centre and Central Queensland University)

Muscle health and function in Cerebral Palsy”


Tom Hall (Institute for Molecular Bioscience)

Systematic analyses of cell biological processes in muscle cells in vivo”


Judy Bauer (School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences)

Sarcopenia in Head & Neck Cancer patients - impact on clinical, cost and patient related outcomes”



12:25– 1:20PM

Lunch (provided)




Keynote B: Prof Rob Herbert (Neuroscience Research Australia)

“Passive mechanical properties of human muscles: past, present and future”


Jeroen Aeles (School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences)

“Single motor unit recordings: exploring the activation strategies of intrinsic foot muscles”


Mehdi Mobli (Centre for Advanced Imaging)

“An unusual remipede toxin potently modulates muscle contraction across multiple species”


Shyuan Ngo (Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology)

“Skeletal muscle in motor neuron disease: more than an innocent bystander”

2:45 -3:00PM

Closing Remarks



3:00PM – Evening

Social drinks at St Lucy’s