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The St Ann’s College Foundation Gala Dinner

Along-standing tradition at St Ann’s College continues this year, as we gather for dinner, drinks and thought-provoking dialogue at the St Ann’s College Foundation Gala Dinner.

This elegant evening event will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 6:30pm at the College.

Guests will be treated to a seated three-course meal and an assortment of wines from Coriole Winery. Wine aficionados will appreciate the selection of raffle prizes kindly donated to the College, that include a meal valued at $500 at D’arenberg Verandah Restaurant, and various exquisite wines.

Tickets are available for purchase. You can reserve your spot today by clicking here.

We hope you will join us as we are regaled by Guest Speakers Professor Stephen Robinson and Trevor Thompson from the Brain Foundation. The Brain Foundation was established in 1970 by an eminent group of neurologists and neurosurgeons. It remains the largest independent, non-government funder of neurological and neuroscientific research in Australia. The organization is dedicated to funding the next generation of Australian neurological research, with the ultimate goal of advancing diagnoses, treatments and patient outcomes.

Professor Stephen Robinson

After obtaining a B.Sc. from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the University of NSW, Stephen went on to serve in senior leadership roles, including as Head of Psychology at both Monash University and RMIT University. For 16 years he was a pro bono director of the Brain Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that funds ‘blue sky’ neuroscience research. He also founded and directs NeuroTest Pty. Ltd, a tech company that markets a sensitive online test of cognitive performance.

With four decades of research experience, Stephen’s expertise encompasses anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and psychology. As one of Australia’s most influential and broad-based neuroscientists, his research spans Alzheimer’s disease, obstructive sleep apnoea, inflammatory bowel disorders, signal detection, and whole-body vibration in motor vehicles. An experienced communicator, he was spokesperson for the Brain Foundation’s Healthy Brain initiative and a recipient of the 2018 Media Star Award from RMIT.

Professor Stephen Robinson will deliver a talk called:
Transhumanism: Where is the Brain Headed?”Brain Foundation

In February this year, Elon Musk announced that his company Neuralink had implanted a wireless electronic chip in a human brain which enabled the recipient to move a computer mouse with their thoughts. For many, this was a wake-up call that we are on the path to ‘transhumanism’, where the human mind will meld seamlessly with artificial intelligence.

The integration of computers with the brain provides opportunities to improve the quality-of-life of people with motor, sensory or cognitive impairments. It also offers the promise of superhuman abilities. Professor Robinson will review research by world-leading Australian scientists and explore where we seem to be headed as technological developments increasingly extend the capabilities of the human brain into the realms of science fiction.

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