Senior researchers aren't necessarily the best communicators of their work. Monash University received significant global media attention in the recent story about the discovery of gravitational waves - and not because they were the most senior scientists involved in the collaborative project (in fact, they weren't!).
The Monash University researchers simply best communicated the science. Watch this short video from The Project.
11 Mar 2016
Labels: Video of the week
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|Tue||►||15-Mar||11:00||PhD Mid-Candidature Seminar : Dr Eileen Grace Merriman|
|►||15-Mar||12:00||Graduate Research student orientation|
|►||15-Mar||14:00||CCS staff photos: Booking link|
|►||15-Mar||15:30||PhD Confirmation review seminar : Mr Kevin Huynh|
|Thu||►||17-Mar||12:00||Cutting Edge Journal Club - Qian Gao|
8 Mar 2016
By Dr Jodie Abramovitch
Traumatic events can lead to long-lasting psychological changes in an affected person. Patients presenting with serious mental health issues are more likely to have experienced emotional or physical trauma in the past than healthy individuals.
|Professor Jayashri Kulkarni - Director of MAPrc|
and senior author of this study
One hundred inpatients were selected for the study, with psychotic illnesses being the most prevalent primary diagnosis. For just over half these participants, there was no record of whether or not there was a history of trauma. Of the 49 patients asked about trauma history, 84% (41 patients) responded positively though only 3% of these documented cases had a specific description of the trauma. For 34 (of the 41 with trauma history) subjects, no mention was made of potentially trauma-associated psychiatric symptoms such as flashbacks or emotional numbing. This study also found that current drug use and/or a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder were associated with a higher likelihood of documented trauma.As such, this study concluded that clinicians dealing with patients with mental illnesses need to be more proactive about documenting a comprehensive history of trauma to better inform patient management.
Reference: Xiao CL, Gavrilidis E, Lee S, Kulkarni J. Do mental health clinicians elicit a history of previous trauma in female psychiatric inpatients? J Ment Health. 2016 Feb (online)
Burgell RE, Gibson PR. The Lactulose Breath Test in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Is It All Hot Air? Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Mar: 61;655-7.
Miss Raelene Tan
Contact phone number: (03) 9076 5031
Ethics Committee Project Number: 204/14
7 Mar 2016
|Mary Ajamian running a Zonulin assay|
Zonulin is a protein involved in gut leakiness. It is measured in different groups with gastrointestinal dysfunction (e.g. NCGS, CD, IBD) as well as in normal healthy individuals.
50 normal healthy participants are needed for the analysis. We need to collect 2 tubes of blood (approx. 17.5 mL) after refraining from eating gluten for at least 3 hours. It would be ideal to collect blood under fasting conditions (i.e. overnight fast, collection upon arrival at work), though a morning coffee or tea should be fine.
Selection criteria:1. You are in a good state of health with no pre-existing diagnoses of gastrointestinal disease or abnormalities, liver disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.
2. You do not have evidence of ongoing, active infection and your immune system is healthy.
3. You are between the ages of 18 and 65.
4. You do not believe that you have a sensitivity to gluten and are not on a gluten-free diet.
5. You are capable of refraining from the consumption of gluten for three hours prior to a blood test.
Ms Mary Ajamian
Phone: 9903 0165
Website : www.med.monash.edu/
Website : www.med.monash.edu/