Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 5 - page 36

BNE October/November 2014
Where do you live and what do you like most about your
I live in St Lucia, a mature suburb working in harmony with nature, close
to the river and dominated by greenery and parks. There’s easy access to the
city by CityCat and good dining opportunities.
Where do you always take visitors when they come to
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, an outdoor café or
restaurant at South Bank parklands, Mount
Coot-tha (Simpson and Slaughter Falls,
and the summit), and at least one show or
concert at Queensland Performing Arts
Centre, South Brisbane.
What’s your hot tip for visitors?
You can have a one-day tropical island
holiday complete with beach and palm
trees, sand tobogganing and snorkelling
amongst tropical fish, simply by taking a
day excursion to Moreton Island.
Favourite place for coffee?
Café Catalyst at Translational Research
Institute, to show off the TRI building and for
the best coffee, of course!
Favourite place for breakfast?
Mondo Organics inWest End. It has great food, great coffee and
friendly staff.
How do you like to travel around Brisbane and what’s your
favourite journey?
Cycling to and from work over the Green Bridge and through the
university, or along the Centennial bike path [alongside the river]. It gives
me a chance to work off my frustrations and keep fit at the same time.
Where do you feel most inspired and what about it inspires you?
GOMA [the Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank], because every
exhibition there challenges me to think outside the box.
What is the best thing that has happened to (or in) Brisbane since
you arrived in 1985?
Expo 88, which turned us from a country town into a world city.
If you could change something about Brisbane what would it be?
The traffic along Coronation Drive! We have two thirds of a ring road
around the city – let’s complete it with a tunnel under the river that
gets traffic from the south to the western suburbs and the University
of Queensland.
What is your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
Travel out of town to the hills (Lamington National Park, Mount Nebo)
for some fresh air and exercise.
You enjoy hiking; what is a trail you recommend?
Binna Burra in the Gold Coast hinterland offers great scenery,
wildlife and a friendly place to stay at the end of the day (Binna Burra
Lodge). The Ship’s Stern circuit is just one of the walks in this part of
Lamington National Park, and it starts just opposite the road entrance
to Binna Burra Lodge.
What is your favourite short break outside Brisbane?
Fraser Island – for the diversity of the forest, the rainbow sands, the
beaches and the lakes.
One of the research projects at TRI is looking at how to get a
vaccine to work to prevent skin cancer. How is that going?
We are hoping that we might get to first clinical trials by 2016. The
best prevention of skin cancer is sun avoidance but, for those who
already have skin damage from the sun that might progress
to skin cancer, the approach we’re developing at TRI
is to harness the body’s defences to get rid of
the damaged skin – it’s exciting and the early
results are encouraging, but there’s quite a
way to go yet before we have a product.
You came to Brisbane in 1985 and have
chosen to pursue your research here.
Why is Brisbane a good centre for
medical research?
As a doctor and scientist, I am keen to
build capacity for medical research to
be translated into practice, as well as for
doing the basic research, and Brisbane has
given me the opportunity not only to build
a team to pursue my own research goals, but
to ensure that the research that other teams
have undertaken is given the opportunity to be
translated into clinical practice effectively.
Just ahead of the G20 Summit you will be taking part
in Brisbane Global Café, a special event bringing world leaders in
different fields together to discuss issues and innovations of the
future. What will be your key messages?
Talking about the Queensland of the future – focused on contributing
to the world through a knowledge-based economy, and on the global
challenges that we face in ensuring equitable access to health services and
quality education.
The co-inventor of the cervical cancer
vaccine is an influential advocate
for the quality and success of
ground-breaking medical research
taking place in Brisbane
My Brisbane
CEO and Director of Research
Translational Research Institute
Professor Ian Frazer has
called Brisbane home since 1985.
Named an Australian of the Year and
a National Living Treasure, and awarded
a Companion of the Order of Australia in
recognition of his eminent work in medical research,
Professor Frazer is also one of more than 50 influential
scientists, researchers, academics and business
leaders invited to be part of Brisbane Convention
and Exhibition Centre’s Advocates Program. The
initiative showcases Brisbane as a leading centre for
innovation in science, research and technology
which has helped boost the Queensland
economy by almost $60 million as a result
of conferences secured since the
program began four
years ago.
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