mRNA Lecture Series 2: Lecture Three – Preparing for Disease X

When:  Apr 11, 2024 from 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM (ET)


Based on the demand and success of the first lecture series, mRNA Victoria and BioMelbourne Network, are pleased to host a second series of four lectures beginning in November 2023 for the Victorian RNA community.

These lectures present an opportunity for global leading specialists in the RNA field to share their knowledge with the local RNA community.

The accompanying networking sessions are an opportunity to foster connections between researchers, industry and government to build a connected and collaborative ecosystem in Victoria.

Explore Series 1 lectures and recordings here

Series 2 comprises four lectures:

Lecture One: The RNA Platform: The Breadth of Possibility Beyond mRNA | Friday 10 November 2023, 8:00am – 11:00am
Lecture Two: mRNA Clinical Trials: Enhancing Research-Clinician Collaboration to Accelerate Patient Outcomes | Tuesday 20 February 2024, 8:00am – 11:00am
Lecture Three: Preparing for Disease X | Thursday 11 April, 8:00am – 11:00am
Lecture Four: Details tbc | Tuesday 28 May 2024, 8:00am – 11:00am


Countries around the world have extracted valuable learnings about pandemic preparedness from the COVID-19 pandemic.Now the global focus of researchers, companies and governments is turning to preparation for the next pandemic – Disease X. But how do you prepare for a pandemic when you don’t know what the disease will be?This session will explore research, infrastructure and processes under development to prepare for the emerging threat of Disease X.

Who should attend?

The intended audience for this lecture are researchers and scientists, government officials, policymakers, healthcare professionals, corporate professionals and the general public who are interested in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, emergency preparedness and global health security.

Overall, the lecture would suit a diverse audience interested in understanding the challenges and strategies associated with preparing for unknown future pandemics, particularly in light of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lecture Three Details:

Date: Thursday 11 April 2024
Time (AEST):
7:45am: Guest arrival, registration
8:00am: Networking breakfast (executive lounge)
9:00am: Welcome and opening remarks
9:15am: Presentations and Q&A
10:30am: Networking, tea and coffee (executive lounge)
11:00am: Close

: In-person only

 Treasury Theatre, Lower Plaza, 1 Macarthur Street, East Melbourne 3000

Facilitator: Professor Brendan Crabb AC, Director and CEO, Burnet Institute

Opening Address: Ms Phoebe Dunn, Acting CEO, mRNA Victoria

Jacqueline Miller, Senior Vice President Infectious Diseases, Moderna

Professor Jodie McVernon, Director of Doherty Epidemiology, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; Member, World Health Organization


BioMelbourne Network Members: $0
BioMelbourne Network Non Members: $85


Full refund given up to 7 days prior to the event.
No refunds within 7 days of the event.

About mRNA Victoria

mRNA Victoria is responsible for leading the Victorian Government’s commitment to establish a world-class mRNA and RNA industry in Victoria, by supporting supply chain, research and development for pre and clinical research, commercialisation and manufacturing investments.Its role is to identify key capabilities, gaps, opportunities and lead the Victorian Government’s engagement, investment and partnerships with domestic and international companies, researchers and stakeholders to build RNA capability.

This lecture series is delivered in partnership with mRNA Victoria and the State Government of Victoria



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Treasury Theatre, Lower Plaza
1 Macarthur Street
East Melbourne, VIC 3002