AusBiotech secures Australian first with world brain mapping congress

By LabOnline Staff
Tuesday, 14 May, 2013


AusBiotech is pleased to announce that the 11th Annual World Congress of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) will be held in Australia for the first time in March 2014.

The annual world congress is a multidisciplinary forum designed to facilitate cross-pollination amongst specialists and industry to further advances in brain and spinal cord mapping and image-guided therapies. It attracts physicians, scientists, policy makers and funding agencies - to 40 sessions with over 200 speakers.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of AusBiotech Glenn Cross made the announcement while attending the 10th SBMT Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

“This is a big win for Australia and AusBiotech is honoured to be asked to organise this important international event,” he said. “It will provide an opportunity for Australian life sciences experts to showcase their work and advancements on the world stage.”

AusBiotech has a long history of producing successful science and technology events, such as the AusBiotech annual conference. Through its AusEvents division (life sciences and technology events), the SBMT will be organised by an experienced and well-connected team.

The theme for the 2014 Congress will be ‘Brain Therapeutics - bringing together engineering, science and medicine’. The program will highlight state-of-the-art science and technology in the field of neuroscience, engineering, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, molecular biology, neurology, radiology and oncology, and will also feature emerging areas such as nanobiotechnology, stem cell and regenerative medicine, molecular psychiatry and microsurgery.

The Congress committee is being co-convened by internationally acclaimed brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Director of the Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney, and stem cell specialist Associate Professor Kuldip Sidhu, Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Dr Babak Kateb from the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute in California will chair the organising committee.

The 11th Annual World Congress for SBMT will be held from 17-19 March 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. For information on congress bookings, abstract submissions or exhibition and partnership opportunities, contact Events Manager Kirsty Grimwade at

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