With UNSW Sydney, learning doesn’t stop at graduation.

Learn@Lunch is a fast, easy-to-digest, one-hour session that offer alumni the exclusive opportunity to foster lifelong learning.

Whether it is new applications for stem cell research and artificial intelligence, or challenging ideas around refugee policy or behavioural economics, the series features a wide breadth of significant research insights sure to feed your mind.


Time:               12:30 – 1:30pm

Venue:             The Barnet Long Room

                         Customs House

Level 1, 31 Alfred Street,

Circular Quay

Cost:                Free. Registrations essential and will be open monthly


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For all Learn@Lunch enquiries, please contact alumnievents@unsw.edu.au  



Next Learn@Lunch Event

July 11 | Professor Christopher Heeschen | Cancer & Embryos: The Yin and Yang of Stem Cells

What does the development of an embryo and cancer have in common? Quite a lot, according to Professor Christopher Heeschen, who describes them as the “yin and yang of stem cells”. Though our perception of each varies wildly, with one associated with the miracle of creation and the other a destructive menace, medical researchers have long found parallels between these two biological forces. This includes a recent discovery that cancer is driven by stem cells that are highly reminiscent of embryonic stem cells.
Due to this similarity, cancer cells are able to grow by high-jacking the signalling pathways from embryonic development to gain the ability to self-propagate. At our next Learn@Lunch presentation, UNSW’s award-winning Professor Heeschen will share how he and his team of medical scientists are working to combat this high-jacking to prevent cancer from growing. He will also explain how their work in stem cells will help develop new mechanisms to not only detect cancer at a much earlier stage, but also to re-activate the body’s ability to fight cancer cells. The results would be better treatment, faster recovery, and a much higher survival rate in cancer patients.


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Learn@Lunch Podcasts & Transcripts


14 February 2018 | Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill 

14 March 2018 | Professor Tom Frame

11 April 2018 | Professor Alison Bashford

9 May 2018 | Scientia Professor Toby Walsh

13 June 2018 | Associate Professor Angela Nickerson