"Of the students, by the students, for the students" - Central Clinical School invites you to attend the 2013 Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium. The symposium enables students to showcase their research projects on a larger scale and celebrate their achievements. PhD students from across the AMREP precinct: Baker IDI, Burnet Institutes and Monash University's Central Clinical School will be presenting. New this year is the "No-Bell Prize" competition in which students can nominate their supervisors or lab heads (Nomination form) to contest for best non-technical communication and are judged by students. See program. RSVP via http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/education/hdr-symposium.html.
10 Oct 2013
9 Oct 2013
|The Governor-General |
unveiling the plaque for
the MAPrc launch
Dr Kate Hoy, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre, is one of four Monash researchers, eight Victorians in total, to be recognised in the annual Victorian Tall Poppy Awards. Kate is working to improve the quality of life and capacity to live independently for the 80 per cent of people with schizophrenia who experience cognitive impairments. She is developing new ways to improve attention, working memory and executive function for people with the illness, which is usually characterised by psychotic symptoms. See 9/10/13 Monash Memo story.
Skin Culture Laboratory, Victorian Adult Burns Service and Department of Surgery, Monash University, The Alfred Hospital have found that cadaver skin which has been frozen has, on analysis, a "positive and definite role as an adjunct to conventional dressing and grafting where available, particularly in patients with large TBSA [total body surface area] burns." Tissue viability in cadaveric allograft may not be essential for its clinical function as a wound dressing or even as permanent dermal substitute.
Associate Professor Paul Cameron from the Department of Infectious Diseases has co-authored a paper in Nature Communications describing a novel method to track the effects of influenza vaccination, cancer, infectious diseases and immune diseases on the diversity and repertoire of disease-fighting immune cells within an individual. The method combines state-of-the-art next generation sequencing and online analytical databases. Reference: "IMGT/HighV QUEST paradigm for T cell receptor IMGT clonotype diversity and next generation repertoire immunoprofiling" (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
8 Oct 2013
7 Oct 2013
Dr Jane Muir, Head of the Nutrition Translational Science group in the Department of Gastroenterology, was interviewed for the ABC television program 'Landline', broadcast Sunday 6 Oct 2013. She said that it may not be gluten so much as a type of carbohydrate called fructans which was causing the problem. Older wheat types such as spelt had lower fructans levels and did not cause such a problem for those with irritable bowel syndrome. Transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2013/s3863244.htm.
"Electroshock" Insight SBS: Prof Paul Fitzgerald comments on electroconvulsive therapy and developing alternatives
Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre, was in the audience at SBS's 'Insght' program hosted by Jenny Brockie, on electroshock therapy (ECT), 24 Sept 2013. He said that anecdotal evidence was important as well as clinical trial data in evaluating treatments, especially with old treatments that came into use before the development of modern clinical trials. If people say it works for them, respect them and take their word for it.