Immunology for Basic Physician Trainees

Prof David A. Fulcher (MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA)

Professor of Immunology, Australian National University, Clinical Immunologist at Hills Immunology, and Immunopathologist at 4Cyte Pathology. Prof Fulcher has a national reputation for teaching immunology at all levels, including undergraduate, basic physician trainee and post-graduate stages. He has held every major national teaching position in Immunology and Immunopathology, including Co-ordinator of Advanced Training in Immunology, Chair of the Joint Specialist Advisory Committee in Immunology (RACP), and Chief Examiner in Immunopathology (RCPA). He was Director of Physician Training and then Network Director of Physician Training. He has convened Immunology4bpts since 2006, which now attracts 400-500 trainees annually.

Speakers tentative for 2020

Dr Ming-Wei Lin (MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA)

A regular lecturer for physician trainees and has a particular interest in allergic diseases. She is a staff Immunologist and Immunopathologist at Westmead hospital, where she is in charge of the Allergy unit, as well as having responsibilities to the diagnostic laboratory and general clinical immunology patients.

Prof Stuart Tangye (BSc., PhD)

Prof Stuart Tangye is currently an NHMRC-funded Principal Research Fellow in the Immunology department at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and an Associate Professor in the Faculty Medicine, University of NSW. His research interests focus on the biology of human lymphocytes in health and disease, and elucidating mechanisms whereby defects in signalling, activation and function underlie the development and clinical features of several immunodeficiencies

Dr Heather Dunckley (BSc Hons, PhD)

Dr. Dunckley is the ASHI Director and Clinical Scientist of the National Tissue Typing Laboratory, New Zealand Blood Service. She has extensive practical laboratory experience in the field of histocompatibility testing for solid organ and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. She regularly teaches on the theory and application of human leucocyte antigen (HLA) typing for transplantation and for HLA linked immunological diseases.

Dr Stephanie Richards (BSc Hons, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA)

Dr Stephanie Richards is a paediatric allergist/immunologist and immunopathologist, currently employed at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Her clinical and research interests include primary immunodeficiency, immune dysregulation and food allergies in children.

Dr Vanessa Bryant (BSc, PhD)

Dr. Vanessa Bryant is Head, Immunogenetics Research Team at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and Scientific Coordinator of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Immunology Flagship. Her research interests focus on understanding how genetic variants affect immune cell function, using next generation sequencing as a tool to identify and characterise disease-causing variations responsible for immunodeficiencies, specifically focusing on the heterogeneous disorder common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), both as a primary immunodeficiency in itself, and as a model for complex immune diseases.


Dr Theresa Cole (MBBS, FRACP)

Dr Cole is a Paediatric Immunologist, specialising in stem cell transplant for primary immunodeficiency at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is current chair of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) primary immunodeficiency committee, chair of the ASCIA immunoglobulin replacement therapy working party and facilitator of the Transplantation in Primary Immunodeficiency (TAPID) group. Her primary research interests are in better understanding mechanisms underlying immune deficiency and improving stem cell transplant outcomes for primary immunodeficiency.