Young Garvan Forum – East Meets West

Young Garvan Forum – East Meets West

Young Garvan Fourm East Meets West media alert

What is the difference between alternative medicine and conventional medicine? Are complementary therapies safe and are they extensively tested for efficacy?

Contrary to popular belief, many alternative medical techniques are used every day by people from all walks of life. While the term “alternative medicine” may conjure up exotic images, most are probably familiar. If you’ve ever massaged your temples to ease a headache or applied an ice pack to a sprained ankle, you’ve practiced some simple natural healing techniques.

The topic of complementary and alternative therapies always sparks a debate. Want to get the facts?


The next Young Garvan forum hosts an expert panel to discuss the potential, the promise and the current challenges associated with complementary and alternative therapies and how they compare with modern medicine. The panellists will also share their latest advances in this area of research.

Event Details

Date:                     Tuesday 9th September 2014

Time:                    6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Venue:                 Garvan Institute of Medical Research

384 Victoria Street

Darlinghurst, Sydney

Notes: The forum will commence at 6.45pm after welcome drinks.  


  • Prof. Alan Bensoussan: Director, National Institute of Complementary Medicine, University of Western Sydney.
  • Ms. Anthia Koullouros: Naturopath, Organic Food, Health & Lifestyle Educator, Ovvio Organics.
  • A/Prof. Colin Duke: Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney.
  • Prof. David Thomas: Director, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and Head, Cancer Division, Garvan Institute of Medical Research.


Tickets are on sale now:

Cost: $25.00 per person. All ticket proceeds are directed to the Young Garvan Fellowship Award, which supports early career scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

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Young Garvan was established in 2003 by a volunteer group of young supporters who help fundraise and raise awareness for the Garvan Institute. Young Garvan aims to educate and inform younger generations about the importance of medical research and its social and ethical impacts on society, and to build a greater awareness and regard for medical research.

The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is a world leader, pioneering study into some of the most widespread diseases of today. Garvan’s mission is to make significant contributions to medical science that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health.

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