14 May 2015

Nepali student at AMREP appeals for earthquake relief

I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for coming together to support the cause in Nepal with AUD 2392.06 already collected. I am truly grateful for your generosity. It is because of your kind contributions that the hope for a better Nepal keeps afloat in our hearts amidst the tragedy. The latest tragedy being that another 7.4 quake has struck the people of my country this Tuesday (12th May), just over two weeks post the 25th April quake.

Continue reading my story or donate here. (Limited time left)

The tremors are ongoing and we are all hoping and praying for it to end. There have been more damages to lives and property mainly because the quake triggered multiple landslides that swept off villages in the east of Nepal. There have been unbelievable footages and images of destruction showing the violent movement of whole mountains – the fiercest wrath of nature that I have ever witnessed. See video 1 and video 2.

Despite the chain of aftershocks and tremors, the hopeful spirit and resilience of the people have lived on. Surely, it has left everyone scared and nervous but despite this, people are going out of their way to help each other. Nepal has finally seen a strong bond of unity to rebuild a better country that will live on for generations to come. We have all been given an opportunity to appreciate the love from our families and treasure the value of our lives to contribute to a better and brighter future.

Continue reading my story or donate here. (Limited time left)

Overall, the feeling is mixed. We have been broken but we are learning to rise, we have been left scared but we are learning to persevere, we have been made homeless but we are trying to rebuild. If you would like to contribute to alleviate this struggle of Nepal, you can still donate here. The ongoing tremors are seriously complicating government’s rescue efforts in the remote villages, so your donations will really help local NGOs work harder to reach these areas and help those in need.

Thank you once again for your contributions. You have definitely made a big difference to help ease the pain of those suffering in Nepal.

My original story for starting this campaign is below.

Dear AMREP friends and colleagues,

My name is Sewa Rijal and I am a Monash PhD student at Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP). Nepal, my beloved home country, was recently struck by a massive 7.9 earthquake causing a terrible loss of life and leaving millions of survivors without proper shelter, food and water. It has been a week since the incident and I am still unable to sleep at night. Being so far away, I feel utterly helpless, combined with a sense of guilt, because I am OK when others in my country are suffering so much.

Biomedicine Discovery Lectures at Monash University

Monash University is hosting the following free lectures, please register to attend:

Thursday 14th May 2015
12:00pm - Professor Nicholas K Tonks, Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, NY

"Drugging the undruggable: Targeting PTP1B for novel therapeutics"

Sponsored by the Vallee Foundation.
Lunch will be served following the lecture in the foyer of SoBS Building 77.

Please CLICK HERE to register for Professor Nick Tonks Talk on Thursday 14th May.

Tuesday 19th May 2015

2:00pm Professor Benjamin G. Neel, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone

"Emergent Vulnerabilities in Breast Cancer"

3:30pm Professor Philippe Bastiaens, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology Dortmund, Germany

"Ras moves to stay in place"
Afernoon tea will be served between 3:00-3:30pm.

Please CLICK HERE to register for either lecture held on Tuesday 19 May.

See attached flyers for more information.

Forthcoming CCS events: PhD seminars, public events, general notices

Alexandra Chung, BakerIDI, at the 2014
CCS postgraduate symposium
Central Clinical School has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. All event notices are maintained on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff & students can see details of both public and local events (including professional development courses, trade fairs and Graduate Research Student calendars) and deadlines, at the Intranet's Announcements page.

Various Departments have their own calendars, see CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on for next week (18 - 22 May 2015)

Mon May 18
9:00 AM BMedSci Department oral presentation #1
12:30 PM Psychiatry Professorial Grand Round
Tue May 19 11:00 AM Steve to Chair Speaker Elliot Epner - Haemostasis and Thrombosis Journal Club
1:00 PM Honours Coursework Research Seminar : Salicylates in Food
Wed May 20 11:30 AM PhD-Mid-candidature review - Mr Timothy Gottschalk

In the Future

12 May 2015

Central Clinical School Gender Equity Committee

At the most recent Central Clinical School Executive meeting it was decided to form a Gender Equity Committee composed of senior academics to oversee this critical issue. 

The Committee consists of Professors Robyn O'Hehir, Harshal Nandurkar, Jayashri Kulkarni and Anton Peleg,

The Committee will meet two times a year and report back to the Executive, providing ideas and direction for Gender Equity at all levels of the School. 

Immunology students win Faculty prizes for academic excellence

Liriye Kurtovic
Congratulations to CCS's Department of Immunology students who won academic prizes at the Faculty awards on Tuesday (12 May 2015)!
  • The Nairn Prize in Immunology for top BSc/Biomedical Science Honours student:
    Liriye Kurtovic
  • The Mark Barnett Memorial Award to the top level 3 Human Pathology student:
    Raphael Ling
  • The Jared Purton Prize in Immunology to the top level 3 BSc/Biomedical Science student undertaking immunology as their major component of study:
    Jessica Motyer
Well done all!

AXM Logo Competition

AXM, the clinical e-learning tool for medical students was launched last year, but it doesn’t have a logo yet…how embarrassing!

Can you help AXM?

If you are a medical student (preferably one who has used AXM), we want you to put your creative hats on and design a logo that embodies AXM.

It could be a sketch, done on computer, involve a picture or a tag line - unleash your creativity!!!

We will review all of the submissions and the CHOSEN ONE will be used as the AXM logo!

Not only that, but the creative genius behind the chosen entry will receive an iPad mini as a reward!!!

For more information about AXM, please visit the AXM webpage

Photo of the Week: 2015 Day of Immunology

2015 Day of Immunology PhD student volunteer demonstrators from Monash Department of Immunology. L-R: Maria Demaria, Louisa Yeung, Jodie Abramovitch, Tim Gottschalk. Many thanks for their generous contribution of time. The event was an outstanding success, with many more schools wanting to attend than could be accommodated. See more:

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