A fascinating and wide ranging talk that kept everyone enthralled.

Karen was born and raised on a Newry dairy farm. She was a Girl Guide, winning a Baden Powell Award. She also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She is married to Rob and they have 4 children.
Karen began her medical career in 1989, doing her internship at Melbourne University and then Geelong and Warrnambool Hospitals. She did her physician training at St Vincent’s in Renal Medicine and Nephrology from 1999 to 2001. A PhD in 2002 was followed by a move to Boston to attend Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2006. She also ran the 2005 Boston Marathon.
In 2006, she returned to St Vincent’s and in 2011 became the Co- Director specialising in Research of Kidney Disease and transplantation. Currently Karen is Deputy Head of the School of Medicine at Deacon University and a Professor of Medicine.
Currently Karen is a clinician researcher. Her work consists of 10% Clinical work, 30% research and 60% leadership and education.
In March 2011, she led the team that performed the first hand- transplant in Australia.