In memoriam: Professor Henry Krum

December 2015

We were saddened to hear the recent passing of Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Henry Krum of Monash University. Professor Krum's positions at Monash University included Chair of Medical Therapeutics, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Monash Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics, Department of Epidemiology Preventive Medicine and Department of Medicine, Consultant Physician based at the Heart Centre, Alfred Hospital and a specialist in heart failure management.

We are grateful for the generous and enthusiastic contribution Professor Krum made to Club Melbourne over the past five years. His contribution to the field of Cardiology and clinical research throughout his career was significant. Prof Krum was pivotal in creating the 1st International 4 Corners of Cardiology 2012 and was also involved in the program of the World Congress of Cardiology 2014, ensuring quality research and professional education was available in Melbourne for younger members of his profession following in his footsteps and his peers. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

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Immunology enters a promising golden age

December 2015

Over 3000 participants are expected to flock to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in August 2016 to be presented with the most recent advances in immunology research and clinical treatments at the International Congress of Immunology.

The field of immunology has hit an exciting new phase in recent years due to a number of significant discoveries that has allowed scientists to develop a form of cancer therapy that has been extremely successful in treating advanced cases of melanoma and lung cancer in 30-40 percent of patients.

This may very well transform oncology and cancer treatments, as immunotherapy promotes the immune response of patients to fight off tumours cells instead of relying on chemotherapy and radiation, both of which can be very toxic to the body. It also has the potential to be used to treat other conditions, such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as create more potent probiotics.

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The changing face of surgery at ICOMS 2015

December 2015

The 22nd International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was held earlier this year at MCEC and featured a new approach using robots.

Around 1700 delegates from over 60 countries gathered at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) during the 27-30 October to attend ICOMS 2015. Not only were attendees exposed to leading speakers and the presentation of over 700 free papers, but they were also invited to activities and tours that highlighted the natural beauty of the state of Victoria.

Club Melbourne Ambassador David Wiesenfeld, who was the conference chair, said the educational highlight was demonstrating the use of robots for excision of cancer at the back of the mouth.

“Performing surgery to the back of the mouth is difficult and hard to reach. The robots having little arms are able to access this area more easily and with improved accuracy.”

Transoral robotic surgery is a relatively new approach, but it promises to be quite an effective alternative to chemotherapy and radiation. The reason why surgery to remove cancers in this area has not been more widely used in the past is that it can be quite invasive, requiring such things as the splitting of the mandible (jawbone) to expose specific areas.

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Club Melbourne End of Year Reception

Last night, on Monday 7 December, Club Melbourne Ambassadors and industry guests including the Treasurer of Victoria Tim Pallas MP gathered for the final time this year to celebrate another successful year of the program. In 2015 there were 13 international conferences held and 14 secured for future years through the hard work of Ambassadors. Guests were treated to Melbourne’s first gala pop-up space, Lorem Ipsum.

This hidden space within MCEC captures Melbourne’s creative and sophisticated style and was a surprise to those who thought they knew our venue’s capabilities. We hope you enjoyed your first taste of Lorem Ipsum, a unique celebration of Melbourne’s creativity, culinary culture and world-class style.

In launching Lorem Ipsum, MCEC and event partner EMG have created Melbourne’s most flexible end-of-year event space. Offering sophisticated theming, state-of-the-art technology and award-winning food, the space can host gala dinners or lunches from 500 to 1200 people and cocktail functions for up to 2000. Each year Lorem Ipsum will be completely transformed, offering an entirely new event experience. This year’s opulent and glamorous design is set to transform into a fresh, organic and innovative concept for 2016.

For more information about Lorem Ipsum, or to enquire about a booking for next year, or call (03) 9235 8210. Photos of the evening are available to Ambassadors via the Club Melbourne private portal. If you would like to receive photos directly, please contact us on 03 9235 8238 or at

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Human health connected to animals and environment

December 2015

Five years after the 1st International One Health Congress, Melbourne will again host the conference in 2016. This time the event will invite participants from the EcoHealth community to discuss the health of humans, animals and the environment.

The One Health movement believes that human and animal health is intricately linked and that the well-being of all species can be safeguarded by encouraging the collaboration of medical professionals, veterinarians and wildlife ecologist.

However, the One Heath approach has evolved beyond the containment of infectious diseases, such as SARS and HIV, which originated in animal species, to include the safety and security of our global food systems and our impact on the planet, which is why the congress will also be joined by the 6th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Health.

Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Martyn Jeggo, who is the Director of Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases (GCEID), believes this is an important step as the discussion now includes an essential component – the environment.

“We have an impact on the environment just as much as the environment has an impact on us,” says Professor Jeggo.

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December 2015