20 Oct 2017

Photo of the Week: CCS Diabetes public lecture

Central Clinical School held its annual public lecture last night (Thursday 19 October 2017), given by Professor Mark Cooper AO, head of CCS's new Department of Diabetes.  A vivid example of the effect of diabetes on our bodies as we age was about how our body tissues are modified by advanced glycation end (AGE) products: "We barbecue with age, and diabetes cooks us quicker". See slide show. Photo gallery and video to be published soon.

What's on at CCS 23-27 Oct 2017

2017 CCS Honours students are doing the final oral presentations
on Monday & Tuesday 23-24 Oct - All welcome to attend!
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff and 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 CCS intranet's Announcements page

See CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

Recent CCS publications: 14-20 Oct 2017

MRI showing scarring from epileptic
seizures. Prof Terry O'Brien and his
group's research is now included in
in our roundup under 'Neuroscience'.
Image: Seattle Children's Hospital
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for complete publications list. Linked headings for each section are to the departments' home pages.
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
  • Neuroscience
  • Surgery

Listerine for gonorrhoea under the microscope again

OMEGA study underway investigating the reduction of
transmission of gonorrhoea by using antiseptic mouthwash
by Anne Crawford

Early this year we reported that a study by Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) researchers found that gargling with Listerine mouthwash could inhibit the growth of the bacteria responsible for pharyngeal gonorrhoea.

The study of gay and bisexual men, while preliminary, attracted global attention. It was widely reported in the media including in newspapers, on radio, online, YouTube and Twitter, and attracted what co-author Dr Eric Chow said was a "massive" amount of emails.

Congratulations to our NHMRC & MRFF Fellows for 2018!

Congratulations to all our National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship recipients in Central Clinical School (CCS) starting in 2018! We will write separate features on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) recipients, Karen Alt and Patrick Kwan. 
In addition to the CCS based recipients listed below, we would also like to congratulate Patrick Kwan who is in the process of transferring his grants to CCS.

18 Oct 2017

Urgent action required on diabetes, 'the greatest epidemic'

One of the world's leading experts on diabetes has slammed Australia's use of "60-year-old drugs" as first-line treatments for the disease impacting around two million people.

Speaking at a parliamentary dinner in Canberra last night, marking the 60th anniversary of Diabetes Australia, Monash University's Professor Paul Zimmet AO, lamented national treatment guidelines that, "...direct that doctors should choose metformin as first-line therapy along with sulphonyureas – both drugs developed 60 years ago!"

CCS PhD student profile: Jacqueline Riddiford

Jacqueline Riddiford at the 2017 3MT heats
by Matt Jane

Jacqueline Riddiford is currently a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) candidate at Monash University. She is supervised by Dr Joanne Fielding, Associate Professor Peter Enticott and Dr Caroline Gurvich in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.

Jacqueline completed a Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) at Monash University.

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