Next Meeting: Monday 18th August


Mega data meeting no 4: “Macro and Micro”

The next meeting with the theme of “Macro and Micro” is at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in the QE II Medical Centre, Nedlands. This session will highlight the use of large data at vastly different scales: looking at population health from a broad perspective, and at genetic influences on health.

We have two excellent speakers, Winthrop Research Professor Nigel Laing and Professor Tarun Weeramanthri.

Monday 18th August 2014,  5:30 for prompt 5:45 start, finish by 7:30

Harry Perkins Institute, QE II Medical Centre, Nedlands. Map here, parking instructions below.

RSVPPlease RSVP by 14 August, using the contact form

Drinks and nibbles will be provided. There will be no charge to attend, but do let us know if you’re coming.

There will be plenty of time for networking after the two presentations. We encourage you to collaborate with people in different areas of work. 


Tarun is Executive Director of Public Health in the WA Department of Health, a department which monitors trends in population health, including epidemiology. His interest areas include health disaster planning and response, use of new technologies in public health (spatial and social media), and the implementation of health policy.

Nigel has a background as a neurobiologist investigating how motor neurons and muscles interact and determine each other’s properties in the developing embryo, and more recently has turned to molecular neurogenetic research and diagnostics. Professor Laing continues to hunt human disease genes, while now working towards developing possible treatments for some of the diseases he has identified.

Access and parking (for details see the map):

For those coming from Stirling Hwy: Travel via Hampden Road and keep going through the Monash Ave roundabout until you reach the left hand bend. You can park in Visitor Car Park 3A. It costs $3 per hour and you need coins or a credit card.

For those coming from Thomas street and Winthrop Ave: From Winthrop Ave turn at the Aberdare Road lights, then turn left into Gairdner Drive (just past the lake). At the end turn right into Verdun street and you will see Visitor Car Park 4A on the left. It costs $3 per hour and you need coins or a credit card.

Other Options Car park 4 is not an open to the public car park but there are about 20 spaces available around the edge of it and these spots are quite close to the front (south) door.   The multi-storey is another option but it is a longer walk to our building and people do get lost. On the map the yellow arrows show the way to the Perkins Building.   All of these areas are open in the evening and parking fees of about $3 per hour apply.