2013 Immunology Symposium

2013 Department of Immunology Symposium
50 years: Past & Future

On 4 October 2013, the Monash University Department of Immunology marked fifty years of research and education. The department held a symposium
to showcase its achievements, current activities and vision for the future. This informative and entertaining occasion was a unique opportunity to meet with some of immunology's greats and the young and upcoming talent being mentored by the department.



  • Professor Fabienne Mackay, Head of the Department of Immunology since 2009
  • Professor Doug Hilton, Monash alumnus and Director of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne
  • Professor Richard Boyd, Monash alumnus and Head of the Immune Regeneration Laboratory, School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University
  • Emeritus Professor Jennifer Rolland, Deputy/Acting Head of the Department from 1997-2010 and currently joint Head of the Allergy Research Laboratory, Department of Immunology & Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory medicine (AIRmed)
  • Professor Ban-Hock Toh, Head of the Department of Immunology 1995-2005 and currently leader of the Auto-immunity team in the Centre for
  • Inflammatory Diseases at Monash Medical Centre


In addition to the speakers there were poster displays and associated activities to enable networking and discussion.

About the department

The department has nine major research groups and over sixty staff and postgraduate students. The research interests span aspects of the immune system involved in inflammation and cancer, and allergic, autoimmune, respiratory and infectious diseases, as well as collaborative projects with our AMREP partners. The department conducts a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in immunology and pathology and is one of the top ten academic units at Monash University.


In 1963, the Department of Pathology was established at the Alfred Hospital campus primarily for the delivery of pathology education programs for medical students and for service delivery in pathology.  However, as immunology rapidly became its particular research strength and undergraduate programs in basic and clinical immunology were introduced, the Department was renamed the Department of Pathology and Immunology and subsequently the Department of Immunology.  The creation of a strong post-graduate student cohort was an early activity in the Department with many distinguished graduate alumni. The Department played a key role in establishing state of the art technology for its research programs especially in flow cytometry and it was one of the first to introduce undergraduate teaching programs in immunology in Australia.  Its staff and students were also key players in the development of the national societies for immunology (ASI) and clinical immunology/allergy (ASCIA).  It now delivers a suite of courses in immunology and human pathology.  Over the years, the Department has developed into an internationally renowned centre with combined expertise in education, research and service delivery in immunology and immunopathology.

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