Apollo Moon Landing Image: NASA

Medical Moonshots

Medical Moonshots

2019 Dean's Lecture Series

Discover innovative solutions to the biggest health challenges facing our nation and the world. 

This year, to commemorate 50 years since the Apollo moon landing, the ANU College of Health & Medicine Dean’s Lecture Series is titled Medical Moonshots, and focuses on innovative solutions to the biggest health challenges facing our nation and the world.

Just as ‘putting a person on the moon by the end of the decade’ was an audacious goal at the start of the 1960s, the challenges addressed in this year’s Dean’s Lecture Series are hugely significant, but they are also complex, uncertain, risky, and may even depend on technologies that aren’t yet developed.

Presented by Professor Russell Gruen, Dean ANU College of Health & Medicine, each free public lecture will be hosted at Kambri at ANU and will include a panel discussion. Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm with the presentation.


Julia Sharwood

Email: julia.sharwood@anu.edu.au

Upcoming events

Past events


Prejudice vanquished: Championing inclusive and respectful workplaces

5.30pm 25 July 2019

Jessica Halem MBA, Harvard Medical School


Resilient humans: Harnessing our immune system to protect us from infection, injury and invasion

5.30pm 12 September 2019

Professor Si Ming Man will discuss his research on the importance of the immune system in recognising microbes and the role of inflammation.


How we think: Cracking the brain's code

5.30pm 26 September 2019

Professor Jason Mattingley discusses the ways psychologists are demystifying the mechanisms of the brain that generate our thoughts, feelings and actions.


Death optional? Extending the human life span

5.30pm 24 October 2019

Join us for a discussion about what we do and don’t know about the limits to our lives, and what we might do with that knowledge, if we had it.


Extinction thwarted: Surviving global warming

5.30pm 14 November 2019

Professor Sharon Friel will discuss the health challenges of global warming.