Professor Justin Yerbury

Professor Justin Yerbury presents at Perth Symposium on ALS/MND

A number of researchers from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) attended the 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND.

World renowned Motor Neurone Disease (MND) researcher Professor Justin Yerbury, who also lives with the disease, was invited to present at the symposium.

Getting to Perth

As Justin says, a Sydney to Perth flight seems pretty simple. That is, if you are able bodied:


The logistics of travel

Planning started six months in advance to get Justin and his team of carers on the plane and over to Perth.

It was full house for Justin’s talk

There wasn’t an empty seat for Justin’s presentation on proteome imbalance.

First Global Walk to D’Feet MND

Approximately 350 people marched through Perth in the Global Walk to D’Feet MND, which saw people from around the world walk to raise awareness for the disease.

Presenting the research

Among the IHMRI affiliates at the Symposium were Senior Research Assistant Natalie Farrawell and PhD student Dzung Do-Ha. They both received a Magnfied Justin Yerbury Travel Scholarship earlier in the year, which funded their trip to Perth.

“I would also like to thank MNDRIA for supporting my trip to the symposium after receiving the Jenny and Graham Lang Travel Grant,” said Dzung.

“It was fantastic to catch up with everyone and hear where they are up to with their research,” said Natalie.

Both Natalie and Dzung were honoured to present their research in the Symposium’s poster session.


A life changing experience

The opportunity to attend and present at the Symposium was an amazing experience for all researchers and one Professor Yerbury was determined not to miss.

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