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Kim Cornish

Professor Kim Cornish is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor and Director of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. She previously worked at McGill University (Montreal) as the Canada Research Chair in developmental neuroscience. Originally from Manchester in the United Kingdom, she has spent thirty years of her career to date tracing the developmental pathways of young children with vulnerable brains—including children with autism, Fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome—as well as children who are neurotypical. Most recently, she has focused on the translation of this new knowledge into community-based digital programs, co-designed with educators and families, to help strengthen early cognitive functioning.

Professor Cornish has held senior research positions in three countries (the UK, Canada and Australia) and has been instrumental in disseminating key research outcomes to the media, scientific meetings and parent support groups across the globe. She received her BSc(Hons) from Lancaster University and a PhD from the University of London. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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Personal Politics Launch at Qtopia Sydney

Qtopia 301 Forbes St, Darlinghurst, NSW, Australia

Personal Politics: Gender, Sexuality and the Making of Australian Citizenship (Monash University Publishing) is a ground-breaking history of feminist and LGBTIQ+ activism in Australia. Activists in the 1970s hoped that by...

Satyajit Das in conversation with Cassie McCullagh (Sydney)

The Royal Oak Balmain 36 College St, Balmain, NSW, Australia

Wild Quests provides an unprecedented inside perspective for avid travellers, ecotourists, environmentalists or readers interested in our natural world. It combines travelogue, history and science to provide a significant and timely...


Ideology isn’t everything – Words in Winter (VIC)

Ideology isn't everything: there's love, blood and stoushes galore associated with ideologies wherever and whenever you look. This session will delve into Sandra Goldbloom Zurbo's memoir, Tom O'Callaghan's journalism research...

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