Evolving with China

Chinese in Prato

A conference will discuss the entrepreneurial culture of Chinese migrants in Prato, Italy.

This year's ADC Future Summit will examine Australia's evolving relationship with China and see three pioneering Monash researchers honoured with Australian Leadership Awards. 

The annual summit brings together representatives of business, government and universities to examine issues key to the nation's progress. 

Keynote speaker Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be joined by a host of experts including Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow Murray McLean. Professor McLean is a former Australian Ambassador to Japan and Australian Consul-General in Shanghai, and an adviser on the government whitepaper 'Australia in the Asian Century'. 

Presenters will discuss the implications of China's new leadership, its economic and political outlook, and the opportunities for trade and investment between it and Australia. 

The Australian Leadership Awards, which recognise outstanding young leaders with a demonstrated vision for the future, are presented on the first day of the summit. 

Associate Professor Andreas Fouras of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, together with Professor Jian Li and Dr Erica Sloan of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, are among this year's 19 recipients of Leadership Awards. 

Professor Li was recognised for his internationally leading research towards solving the urgent unmet global medical need posed by antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antibiotics for treating life-threatening infections. 

"The discovery of novel antibiotics that are effective against 'superbugs' is vital for effective health care the world over in the near future. I am honoured that my research in this area has been distinguished by such a forward-looking association as the ADC Forum," Professor Li said. 

Associate Professor Fouras is undertaking cutting-edge research in dynamic imaging and has developed a technique for clearly viewing the breathing lung in fine detail. 

“Current imaging technology is unable to shed light on the moving, breathing lung. Just as the development of the echocardiogram  - the capacity to image the heart in motion - revolutionised the treatment of heart disease, this technology could transform lung health," Associate Professor Fouras said.

"In Australia we have an internationally acknowledged capacity for innovation and I am delighted that my research has been recognised as an example of this." 

Dr Sloan is currently investigating the impact that stress may have on the progression of cancer. 

"My laboratory has had an internationally leading role in defining the cells and molecules that allow chronic stress to negatively influence our health, Dr Sloan said.

"Our overarching goal is to identify novel targets for new drugs to halt cancer, and to characterise biomarkers for better detection of early cancer progression."

The ADC Future Summit 2013, "China - Where to from here?" will run from 22-23 April at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Register by 12 April at the ADC Forum website.