Science at the Local online this weekend

Science at the Local's 2020 webinar series continues this weekend. They resume their online program on October 25 with a talk by Dr Charles Cranfield on the science of cell membranes, or 'The walls between us'.

Charles Cranfield

Charles Cranfield

Given how 2020 has gone so far, pain is perhaps a fitting topic for Science at the Local's following webinar, set for November 15 at 2.30pm.

Professor Steven Kamper will be speaking on the topic: 'Pain in the backpack: musculoskeletal pain in children'.

Both speakers are Lower Mountains locals, with Professor Kamper based partly at Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Dr Cranfield fulfilling the role of treasurer for Springwood High School P&C.

"As the name suggests, Science at the Local is about bring local communities together around science," said co-founder Kevin Joseph.

"So it's been rough this year not being able to come together like we usually do. But it's terrific that we've got two locals coming up in our webinar series."

Steve Camper

Steve Camper

Dr Cranfield is a senior lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at UTS. He is interested in the biophysics of cell membranes, lipid-antimicrobial peptide interactions and the creation of new membrane-based devices for the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and acute pancreatitis. Dr Cranfield was previously at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute along with stints in England, Ireland and Germany.

Professor Kamper is a physiotherapist and clinical researcher supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with more than 160 publications. He is currently Professor of Allied Health at University of Sydney, supporting and increasing research activity among healthcare professionals across the Nepean Blue Mountains district. His main research interest is in chronic pain, in particular empowering people through improving understanding of their pain.

"We've still got a couple more events planned, plus we've recently done a couple of great podcasts with a public health scientist and an ethnolinguist," co-founder Hamish Clarke said.

When: Sunday October 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Sunday November 15, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Contact: Hamish Clarke, 0458 105 269

For more information or to register for the free Science at the Local webinar, go to

The initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.