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Key Dates

Abstract submission is now closed.

Early bird registration is now closed.

Registration is still open up until the conference begins: Register here

Conference: December 4th – 6th

Venue

University of Tasmania, Hobart

The Medical Sciences Precinct (or “MSP“), is on the corner of Liverpool and Campbell Streets in the heart of Hobart’s CBD. Click here for a virtual tour.

Presentations will occur in Lecture Theatre 1 (MS1 105).

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Registration

Current members are eligible for discounted registration, and student members of the Society are eligible to receive student travel and presentation awards. Membership is only $10. If you are not a current member you can join today.

Conference registration is currently open.

Click here to register for ASP2023

Registration Prices

Please note that if you attended the 2022 conference, your membership for 2023 is currently active.

Current Member Registration Costs
Early Bird * Standard
Student $200 $250
Academic $300 $350
* Early bird registrations close on the 17th of November

Non-Member Registration Costs
Early Bird * Standard
Student $250 $300
Academic $350 $400
* Early bird registrations close on the 17th of November

Student Day Pass Prices

Conference Registration is currently closed.

Presentation Requirements

Oral presentations

Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, and will be followed by up to 3 minutes for questions. The session chair will warn you as you approach this time limit. The lecture theatre contains a PC, laptop connection facilities, and a presentation remote. Slides should be loaded onto the presentation PC via a USB memory stick no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the presentation session. You are also welcome to connect your own laptop, provided you have the necessary cables to do so.

Poster presentations

Posters should not exceed the poster board dimensions of 1.8 m (H) x 1.1 m (W). We recommend poster sizes up to A0 (841 x 1189 mm) in portrait orientation, or up to B1 (707 x 1000 mm) in landscape orientation.

Posters should be set up on arrival on Monday between 2 and 5 pm. You will have the option to use BluTack or pushpins to mount your poster, depending on which space you are assigned. The poster session is from 5-7pm on Monday December 4th. Presenters should stand near their posters during the poster session, and they can leave their posters up until the end of the conference.

Final Schedule

Click here to view and download a more detailed schedule of presentations

Full program and abstract book coming soon…

Meet the keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce three distinguished researchers will present keynote talks at ASP Hobart 2023

 

Associate Professor Jane Alty MA(Cantab.) MB BChir FRCP(UK) FRCP(London) FRACP MD 

University of Tasmania, Royal Hobart Hospital.

Jane is a Neurology Staff Specialist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and early career researcher at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). She qualified in Medicine from the University of Cambridge, UK, and worked in the UK National Health Service until 2019 when she was actively recruited to UTAS as an academic neurologist. She is now the Co-Director of the UTAS ISLAND Cognitive Clinic, a one-stop interdisciplinary research cognitive clinic that provides a State-wide diagnostic service for Tasmania. She also runs a specialist Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders clinic in Hobart and is a member of the Steering Committee for The ISLAND Project – the largest dementia prevention study in the world with >14,000 participants.

 

Jane’s key research focuses on developing Artificial-Intelligence aided (digital) biomarkers to improve detection, monitoring and prevention of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. She has also established a sleep-neurodegeneration research program investigating REM sleep behaviour disorder. A/Prof Atly is currently the Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Ideas grant, a Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Major Project, and co-lead on establishing HiMAC: a gait, movement, and neural control research space at UTAS.

 

Associate Professor Genevieve Steiner-Lim  PhD, BPsych (Hons, Class I)

Western Sydney University

Genevieve is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and the Clinical Research Platform Lead at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University.  Her research program spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cognitive decline in older people with the aim of reducing dementia risk and improving quality of life.  She combines psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods with other interdisciplinary research techniques – such as clinical trials, mixed-methods, neuropsychology, machine learning, metabolomics, immune and genetic markers – to test novel therapeutics that can provide early intervention for dementia with a focus on herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, and lifestyle.

 

Since completing her PhD in 2015 under the mentorship of Profs Robert Barry and Craig Gonsalvez at the University of Wollongong, A/Prof Steiner-Lim has attracted >$16.4M AUD in grant funding including two back-to-back NHMRC Fellowships, 22 awards and prizes, and has published over 85 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals.  She currently leads a team of 15 in the HEADBOX Lab comprising research fellows, postdocs, research assistants, and higher degree research students.  Her current focus is on applying psychophysiological methods including EEG, ERPs, TMS, and autonomic measures to better understand dementia risk and response-to-treatment with medicinal cannabis, herbal and nutritional supplements, cognitive training, and non-invasive brain stimulation.

 

Dr Neil Bailey PhD

Australian National University

Neil completed his PhD in neuroscience at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre in 2013. He now works as a senior research fellow at the Australian National University and the Head of Data Science at the Monarch Research Institute. 

 

His research program is focused on the use of electroencephalography (EEG) to conduct a range of studies that explore different methods to improve mental health. In particular, he examines how cognition-related brain activity differs in long term meditators, and whether depression treatment responses to repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation can be predicted using EEG data. While his research priority is a better understanding of mental health, his research has also involved some fairly extensive diversions into EEG pre-processing and analysis methodology, as well as explorations into machine learning models. These models were trained on a highly comprehensive time-series feature set from EEG data, which has identified a range of informative features that are seldom analysed in EEG research.

 

Events

Opening Reception

The conference will kick off on 4 December at 4 pm with a keynote address, followed by a Poster session and opening reception with drinks and canapés.

ECR Networking Event

A special ECR networking event will follow the opening reception on the 4th of December at 7pm. Undergraduate students, Postgraduates, and ECRs are welcome to attend this event held at ‘Boodle Beasely‘, 315 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart. This is a complimentary event, with food and drinks (to a limit) provided.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on the 5th of December at 6:30pm at Bar Wa Izakaya. The conference dinner is $100 per person and includes a banquet dinner and drinks package.

Accommodation

There is no organised student accommodation as the central location of the conference means there are a range of accommodation options close by to suit all budgets.

If you’re looking for something on a tight budget, there are private rooms available at the YHA located within a block of the conference venue.

Accommodation is also available at UTAS student residence in Sandy Bay. However you will need to take a 25 minute (free) hop-on/hop-off  bus ride between locations.

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ASP 2023 Organising Committee

Co-conveners: Dr Jason Satel and Dr Rebecca St George

Conference Organising Commitee: A/Prof Eric Vanman, Dr Frances De Blasio, Dr Danielle Mathersul, Ms Marlee Wells, Ms Rebecca Healey, Mr Cameron Bell, Ms Xinyi Wang, Mr Simon Weber

ASP Executive

ASP Executive committee

President: Assoc. Prof. Eric Vanman

Past-President: Assoc. Prof. Adam Clarke

Treasurer: Dr. Frances De Blasio

Secretary: Dr. Jason Satel