The 3rd Lipoedema Australia Conference provides a great opportunity for those affected by lipoedema to come together and share experiences, hear the latest research from experts and presentations from our international keynote speakers. We are pleased to announce an exciting line up of speakers for 2018.  Conferences are held biennially.

Key Note Speakers


Joanna E. Dudek is a psychologist, psychotherapist and nutritionist from Poland, currently PhD Candidate at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. In her research she is interested in psychological aspects of quality of life in women with Lipedema. In 2015 she published the research paper, “Quality of life in women with lipoedema: a contextual behavioural approach”.

Joanne was a speaker at the 2017 FDRS Conference in USA.



Dr Tara Karnezis completed her PhD on carbohydrate biosynthesis in 2002 at the Department of Biochemistry, La Trobe University. Following her successful PhD, Tara was offered a post-doctoral position at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University. She published a key paper demonstrating that the damage to the brain can be reversed by targeted therapy against an inhibitor of axonal regeneration, called Nogo A.

Dr Karnezis then returned home to Melbourne after being offered a research fellow position at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and then the Peter Mac Cancer Centre on the role of lymphatics in cancer spread. During that time, Dr Karnezis discovered that lymphatics remodel during cancer spread that can be reversed by treatment with NSAIDS.

In 2016, Dr Karnezis was offered a Group Leader position at O'Brien Institute, St Vincent's Institute for Medical Research which she co- heads with Dr Ramin Shayan, a Melbourne plastic surgeon. Together in late 2016 they set up the first Australian Lipoedema research laboratory and commenced work on “finding the lipoedema gene”. A new approach to Lipoedema research is possible given the laboratory was able to establish a lipoedema tissue bank at the same time. Tara is passionate about finding the Lipoedema gene and loves meeting Lipoedema patients which form the reason for her work.



Mr Ramin Shayan is a Melbourne trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with public hospital appointments at St Vincent’s, Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. Ramin also consults and operates at St Vincent’s Private, East Melbourne and at Brighton Plastic Surgery.

Mr Shayan received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his PhD in the molecular biology of cancer spread and lymphedema.

Since 2015, he has been Director of the O'Brien Institute, St Vincent's Institute for Medical Research and co-heads a Lipoedema research lab at the O'Brien Institute, investigating lipoedema, radiation injury, lymphoedema and tissue regeneration.

He is trained in all facets of reconstructive plastic surgery, but has particular clinical interests in lipoedema, lymphoedema, vascular malformations, melanoma and skin cancer.  Lipoedema surgery (liposuction and tissue excision) forms 30% of Ramin's practice since he commenced operating on Lipoedema patients in 2015. He has a passion to assist his patients with Lipoedema lead a mobile and healthy life.

In the coming months we will provide more information.

If you missed the 2016 National Conference, recordings of the presentations from our local and international speakers are available on DVD. If you would like to purchase the DVD, please visit our Shop. Available while stocks last.