The Greek Australian Women’s Network, Food For Thought Network continues its informative seminars with its Patron, Greek Australian and Woman of the Year, Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos.
This year alone we’ve heard about outbreaks of the Hepatitis virus, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, Monkeypox, Buruli ulcer, Langya and in the last few days, Tomato flu has also come to our attention.
There is so much confusion and misinformation regarding these viruses with many of us unsure about the severity of these new viruses or variants.
Thus, Greek Australian Women’s Network, Food For Thought Network has invited its Patron, Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos, to update us on the latest new outbreaks in an informative online seminar, as a wonderful opportunity for us to learn how to protect ourselves.
In addition to answering questions such as “What are these viruses, and why all these outbreaks?” and “What do we know so far?”, Professor Apostopouolos’s enlightening presentation will discuss “What is known” as well as “What comes next?”
Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Partnerships at Victoria University. She received her PhD majoring in immunology in 1995 from the University of Melbourne, and the Advanced Certificate in Protein Crystallography from Birkbeck College, University of London.
In response to the current global emergency, Vasso and her team in VU's Immunology & Translational research are focusing their efforts on responding to COVID-19, investigating and working on vaccines and drugs to treat the virus.
Her expertise is multi-disciplinary with extensive expertise in immunology, x-ray crystallography, medicinal chemistry, cellular biology, molecular biology. She has extensive translational research expertise with development of drugs and vaccines.
Vasso was a Chief Scientific Officer for 4Gvaccines, is on the board, and consults for, a number of pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and is the Director of VAConsulting Services. She was the head of the Immunology and Vaccine Unit at the Austin Research Institute and at the Burnet Institute; the Immunology Program Leader in the Centre for Chronic Disease at Victoria University; and is the Mechanisms and Interventions in Health and Disease Program Leader at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University.
Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is a world-renowned researcher who has been recognised with over 100 awards for the outstanding results of her research. Most notable are the Premier’s Award for Medical Research, Young Australian of the Year (Vic), Greek Australian of the Year, Woman of the Year.
She was named as one of the most successful Greeks abroad by the prestigious Times magazine.
“We are extremely lucky to have our Patron Professor Apostolopoulos to update us on these important health issues, knowing the pressures she has juggling a demanding career and a family,” said Founder and Chair of The Food for Thought Network, Varvara Athanasiou- Ioannou.
“It is an honour to have Professor Apostolopoulos as our patron in light of her global and valuable contribution to the field of science.
“The human values that govern her and her dedication to the family institution are in line with the values of our network. Vasso represents the ultimate role model for our young women.”
Varvara Athanasiou- Ioannou founded the Greek Australian Women’s Network, naming it ‘Food For Thought Network’ in 2002 after having had what she calls an epiphany and deciding to channel her energy into doing something positive as a way to overcome her toxic work environment.
Varvara’s vision was that this network would attract the best speakers available, deal with issues relevant to women, and provide a culturally inclusive environment where Greek Australian women and their non-Greek friends would be able to learn and to enrich their lives and careers.
Twenty years later, the Food for Thought Network is complemented by Varvara’s global learning forum, a Facebook group founded the year before last called ‘Greek Australian Women and Friends Around the World’, consisting of thousands of women from all around the globe.
Varvara describes the Group as a tool that empowers women and a place where they can share their stories and gain strength via the extensive support that the forum’s members provide.
The Greek Australian Women’s Network, Food For Thought Network, the online seminar with Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos is free of charge but you need to book to receive the zoom link.
Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/CCHEI
Date: Sunday 11 September at 7.00 pm Melbourne time – 12 midday Greek time.
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