Biological Sciences

Legalised Assisted Dying: A forum to explore the implications

Our friends at St Thomas' Burwood are hosting a panel discussion on the complex subject of legalised assisted dying.

Chaired by Michael Dowling, the panel will feature:

Prof David Clarke, psychiatrist
Rev Barbara Colliver, hospital chaplain
Dr Rachel Carling, Board member of the Australian Care Alliance, Right to Life and previously a member of the Legislative Council
Dr Denise Cooper-Clarke, medical ethicist
Dr Adrian Dabscheck, palliative care physician

EMGS formally announces Randy Jirtle as the 2019 recipient of the Alexander Hollaender Award.

Randy is a friend of ISCAST having visited us (the ISCAST Vic committee and Mark Worthing in Adelaide) about this time last year. He is a leading researcher in genomics, particularly in environmental mutagenesis, the process whereby the environment can affect the expression of genes and phenotypic traits in living things.

We congratulate him on receiving the 2019 Alexander Hollaender Award.

ISCAST patron, Prof. Graeme Clark, wins another prestigious international award, the Shambaugh Prize

Press release from The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital congratulates Professor Graeme Clark, AC who was recently announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Shambaugh Prize.

One of the most highly respected science prizes in the world, the Shambaugh Prize recognizes a remarkable work in the field of Otology and related basic research.

Professor Clark is the first Australian to have been awarded the prize.

Want to live longer? Consider the ethics

"Life extension – using science to slow or halt human aging so that people live far longer than they do naturally – may one day be possible.

"Big business is taking this possibility seriously. In 2013 Google founded a company called Calico to develop life extension methods, and Silicon Valley billionaires Jeff Bezos and Peter Thiel have invested in Unity Biotechnology, which has a market cap of US$700 million. Unity Biotechnology focuses mainly on preventing age-related diseases, but its research could lead to methods for slowing or preventing aging itself.

Evolution Wars

Sociologist Tom Aechtner on why complexity is better than conflict and how we change our minds.

Tom Aechtner was a speaker at this year's COSAC and Dr Natasha Moore (from the Centre for Public Christianity) recorded this interview with him there.  In the interview, Tom tackles the vital and very current problem of, "...mass persuasion, why we believe and disbelieve things and how we can get past pointing fingers and yelling at each other." 

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