18 Oct 2019

Discovery may help reduce renal failure in those with diabetic kidney disease

Associate Professor Melinda Coughlan
A new discovery has the potential to slow the progression of kidney disease in people with diabetes.

Researchers from Monash University’s Central Clinical School (CCS) have found that a drug that has already been tested on other inflammatory diseases can decrease kidney injury caused by diabetes.

Led by Associate Professor Melinda Coughlan from the Department of Diabetes, the five-year study is a collaboration between CCS, the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland and the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne.

Finding out about helminths: Professor Nicola Harris

Professor Nicola Harris is a co-organiser of the forthcoming
(8-12 Dec 2019) conference dedicated to helminths
Adapted from Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology

“Helminths are perhaps the most successful parasites on the planet,” says Professor Nicola Harris, co-organizer of the upcoming (8-12 Dec 2019) Keystone Symposia on “Helminths: New insights from immunity to global health.”

Prof Harris says that helminths have co-evolved with humans and still today cause chronic and near-ubiquitous infections amongst populations living in endemic regions without access to adequate sanitation.

Congratulations to our CCS travel grant recipients!

2019 travel grant CCS recipients.  L-R top: Drs Tiffany Phillips, 
Zhibin (Ben) Chen, Matt Snelson, Gemma Sharp
Bottom: Drs Carlos Rosado, Jessica Borger, Tiffany Bouchery,
Matthew Hudson
Congratulations to our eight CCS recipients for this round of travel grants!
  • Dr Tiffany Phillips (MSHC): Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference, Perth
  • Dr Matthew Hudson (Neuroscience): SFN Neuroscience 2019 conference, Chicago, USA
  • Dr Zhibin (Ben) Chen (Neuroscience): American Epilepsy Society 2019 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA

17 Oct 2019

Monash CCS researchers receive Tall Poppy science awards!

Dr Doyle pictured fifth from the right and
A/Prof Abbott represented in photo, (centre)
A/Prof Anne Abbott and Dr Joseph Doyle have been honoured in the 2019 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Awards from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, awarded on 10 October.

A/Prof Abbott is a neurologist in Central Clinical School's Department of Neuroscience. She has been at the forefront of medical research regarding how to best prevent stroke, particularly associated with carotid arterial disease.

Tall Poppy award for Dr Joseph Doyle!

AIPS Board Member, Associate Professor Sarah Meachem,
Chair of the Selection Panel, Professor Mark Hogarth
 present Dr Joseph Doyle (centre) with his Tall Poppy award
(Image: courtesy Matt Irwin)
Dr Joseph Doyle, head of the viral hepatitis research group in The Alfred and Monash Department of Infectious Diseases, and Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination at Burnet Institute, has been honoured with a prestigious Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) Tall Poppy Award.

Dr Doyle, who is also a practising infectious diseases physician, won a Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award for his community engagement and leadership in the epidemiology, management and prevention of blood-borne viruses – HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

16 Oct 2019

Applications for 2020 Alfred Research Alliance Honours Scholarships close on 6 November 2019

Applications for 2020 Alfred Research Alliance Honours Scholarships close on 6 November 2019.

There are two scholarships available (each valued at $6000) for eligible students to undertake Honours research at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Position vacant: Senior Technical Officer at Central Clinical School

Applications for the position of Senior Technical Officer at Central Clinical School close 25 October 2019. 
  • Job No.: 598419
  • Location: The Alfred Centre
  • Employment Type: Part-time 0.8 fraction
  • Duration: 12-month fixed-term appointment
  • Remuneration: Pro-rata of $87,249 - $95,695 pa HEW Level 07 (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)
  • Enquiries: Dr Michelle Zajac, Research Manager, Central Clinical School, Michelle.Zajac@monash.edu

10 Oct 2019

12th CCS Graduate Research Symposium success!

Winners of the CCS graduate research symposium. L-R: Ms Rosie Latimer, Mr Rishabh Sharma, Professor Helmut Butzkeuven (judge), Ms April Raftery, Ms Alexandra Dimitropolous, Mr Martin Ezeani, Ms Erica Plummer, Mr Will O'Brien, Dr Robb Wesselingh, Professor Nicola Harris
Central Clinical School held its 12th CCS GR Symposium on Monday 7 October 2019. The day's presentations and fun sessions were respectively informative and entertaining. Congratulations to our winners! (See below). For detail of presenters and sessions, see the program booklet or web page.

Monash researchers develop new gene therapy tool

Dr Hannah Pearce, first author, and
A/Prof Christoph Hagemeyer, last author
by Anne Crawford

Gene therapy – the insertion of genes into cells to treat disease – holds great potential for conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancers. Yet efficient and safe delivery of the genes to the right cells remains a significant, longstanding challenge.

Associate Professor Christoph Hagemeyer from the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) has led a team that has developed a way of improving targeted gene transfer.

Body clock linked to healthy ticker

Article reproduced courtesy Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

While many innovations improve our health, our tech-heavy lifestyles can have unintended side effects. Academy Fellow Professor Paul Zimmet AO has suggested that modern disruption of our “body clocks” may increase rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression.

He calls this “Circadian Syndrome” and is spearheading a joint initiative from Monash University, Tel Aviv University and Imperial College, London to have the term recognised internationally.

9 Oct 2019

CCS's most recent publications feed

See Central Clinical School's most recent publications via the RSS feed below. This feed is also embedded in the school's publications web page. For all of our publications, see the Monash University CCS research output page which displays all validated publications.

Welcome to Professor Anne Holland and her group!

Professor Anne Holland
Welcome to Professor Anne Holland and her group! They have commenced as members of the Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine on 7 October.

Anne is a stellar physiotherapy researcher working on non-pharmacological treatments for chronic lung disease, for which she is internationally recognised as a leader in the field. Her research interests will complement a number of groups within Central Clinical School’s Departments of Immunology & Pathology and Medicine as well as other groups across the university and other research organisations. Anne is a highly strategic co-appointment with Alfred Health’s Department of Allied Health as our joint Professor of Physiotherapy. She brings a number of competitive grants from La Trobe University.

Monash CCS researcher Professor Jenny Hoy honoured by Academy Fellowship

Professor Jennifer Hoy, new AAHMS Fellow
This week, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) has elected five Fellows from Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, in recognition of their distinguished achievements and contributions to health and medical science.

Congratulations to CCS's Professor Jennifer Hoy, whose body of work has been recognised with her election as Fellow to the Academy.

Neurologist A/Prof Anne Abbott wins Tall Poppy Science Award

A/Prof Anne Abbott
Congratulations to Associate Professor Anne Abbott, who has received a 2019 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, awarded on 10 October 2019.

A/Prof Abbott is a neurologist in Central Clinical School's Department of Neuroscience. She has been at the forefront of medical research regarding how to best prevent stroke, particularly associated with carotid arterial disease.

7 Oct 2019

Congratulations to Lizzie Thomas, our most recently completed CCS PhD student!

Lizzie Thomas, PhD
Twitter: @lizzie_thomasAU
Congratulations to Lizzie Thomas, who has been awarded her Translational Research PhD! Lizzie's thesis topic is "Cognition across the schizotypy-schizophrenia continuum and the role of the glutamatergic system". Lizzie was investigating the influence of genes in the glutamatergic pathway on cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Her supervisors were Dr Caroline Gurvich (Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre), Professor Susan Rossell (Swinburne University) and Dr Kiymet Bozaoglu (Murdoch Children's Research Institute).

Congratulations to all our 2019 PhD graduates!

So far this year we've had 19 PhD completions, a great effort by our students and their mentors. See below for our 2019 awardees.  For all completions, see CCS web page: www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/education/hdr-completions.

L-R: Jay Hocking, Eileen Merriman, Maria Selvadurai

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases

  • Mr Jay Hocking, Investigating MEK inhibition in the treatment of multiple myeloma
  • Dr Eileen Merriman, Isolated distal vein Deep Vein Thrombosis: Diagnosis and management strategies
  • Ms Maria Selvadurai, Examining PI3KC2alpha as an anti-thrombotic drug target

4 Oct 2019

"Whose fault is it that Bob caught syphilis?" Professor Christopher Fairley throws some light

Professor Christopher Fairley (left) with colleagues at the
Melbourne 
Sexual Health Centre
Professor Christopher Fairley AO, Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) has had a lifetime of clinical practice and research into sexually transmitted diseases. He has been recognised by the award of an Order of Australia last year, and the National Health and Medical Research Council have recognised the urgent need to fight the rise of sexually transmitted infections by most recently funding his and MSHC colleagues' research $6 million.

Prof Fairley is giving Central Clinical School's annual public lecture on Thursday 17 October 2019. He asks the question, 'Whose fault is it that Bob caught syphilis?' RSVP here

2 Oct 2019

Reflections on the evolving global diabetes epidemic

Prof Paul Zimmet reflects on a lifetime of
work devoted to understanding diabetes
In the journal Circulation, Professor Paul Zimmet AO reflects on the growth of the diabetes epidemic, the reasons for it, and preventive mechanisms. Throughout his lifetime, Prof Zimmet has followed his scientific curiousity and passion for helping people. It's fascinating to read about the triggers for his discoveries, then his tireless exploration of the implications of those discoveries in the effort to stem the tidal wave of the epidemic.

See full article at:
www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.119.041709

2019 Central Clinical School Graduate Research Student Symposium

L-R: 2018 CCS Graduate Research symposium winners
Charithani Keragala, Michelle Wong, Lakshanie Wickramasinghe,
Amy Wilson, Angela Nguyen
The 2019 Central Clinical School Graduate Research Student Symposium, CCS's 12th in the annual series, is organised by students, for students, and will showcase research being conducted by CCS students. It's a fun as well as informative day, and all are welcome. It's being held 7 October. See attached flier.

1 Oct 2019

JMF Centre for Primary Immunodeficiencies Melbourne hosting 2nd symposium 11 Oct 2019

The JMF Centre for Primary Immunodeficiencies Melbourne will hold its 2nd annual symposium on Friday 11 October 2019. The symposium will feature a keynote from A/Prof Mirjam van der Burg (LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands) alongside short talks from local immunology registrars and junior researchers. RSVP

26 Sep 2019

Abstracts due 4 October for the biennial A+ EMCR Symposium 7-8 November

The Alfred Research Alliance EMCR Committee invites all EMCRs and PhD students to register and submit an abstract for the biennial A+ EMCR Symposium which will be held 7-8 November at the MCG.

Keynote speakers include Professor Paul Zimmet (Department of Diabetes, Monash University), Dr. Steven Rockman (Vaccine Development, Seqirus) and Dr. Miranda Smith (Project Officer for APPRISE, Peter Doherty Institute). We also have speakers from the Monash Bioinformatics Team, Julie Woods (Trusts and Foundations Officer, Burnet Institute), Joanna Thorne (Philanthropic Gifts Coordinator, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute) and a Career Panel discussion.

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to Friday 4 October. Download the abstract template here: shop.monash.edu/alfred-research-alliance-emcr-symposium.html 

25 Sep 2019

CCS recent publications 10-16 Sep 2019

L-R: Simon Grodski, James Lee and Jonathan Serpell
are co-authors on a paper looking at potential
biomarkers for aggressive thyroid tumour development
Recent publications (10-16 September 2019) for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Immunology and Pathology 
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) 
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Peninsula Clinical School 
  • Surgery

23 Sep 2019

Survey: Teaching environmental sustainability in health profession education

You can read more about the project:
bit.do/explanatorys
Your feedback is wanted! A team of researchers (below) from within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) are conducting research into teaching environmental sustainability in health profession education. This project aims to explore factors (individual, interpersonal, organisational and system-level), which influence capacity to teach environmental sustainability and climate change in your courses.

Specifically, this research project will involve:
  • A survey to explore knowledge, attitudes and experiences of FMNHS teaching academic staff around capacity to teach environmental sustainability. This survey was sent to all Chief Examiners and Unit Coordinators by Michelle Gschiel.  

20 Sep 2019

Have your say on how we do the CCS enews!

How often should the enews be circulated?
Over half our respondents (so far) prefer a
fortnightly issue, one third would like it
weekly, and 14.6% would prefer monthly.
Have your say and take our 1-2 min survey
We are reviewing the way we let you know about Central Clinical School researchers, their projects and achievements. Our survey to give your feedback is still open. (Take the 1-2 min CCS enews survey here). Many thanks to those who responded to our survey - much appreciated! What we have so far learned from your responses in summary is that:

  • you mostly like all the content provided šŸ˜Š
  • you'd like to see more grant opportunitiesšŸ’² and event notices
  • the news is useful for updating you, sharing with others and promoting collaborationsšŸ¤
  • Over half the respondents would prefer fortnightly rather than weekly output.

19 Sep 2019

Study links nocturnal blood pressure with diabetes and dementia

Dr Chris Karayiannis
by Anne Crawford

Monash University researchers investigating the association between Type 2 diabetes and dementia have found an interesting factor linking the diseases: the dipping of nocturnal blood pressure.

Dr Chris Karayiannis said the Peninsula Clinical School researchers were investigating the poorly understood mechanisms behind the increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia faced by people with type 2 diabetes.

CCS Recent publications 3-9 Sep 2019

Optimising Mobile Stroke Unit
travel times with Google Maps.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
  • Neuroscience
  • Peninsula Clinical School
  • Surgery & National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI)

Life as a Clinician Scientist 19 October AAHMS event

Register for the 19 Oct AAHMS 'Life as a clinician-scientist' event
Life as a Clinician Scientist is back in 2019 for a day of inspirational talks, networking with leading research institutes. The event, hosted by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), is for promoting research to the medical community. We also have sessions exploring skills on maximising research output and, of course, a gourmet plated lunch! RSVP, or see more at aahms.org/events/life-as-a-clinician-scientist-victoria/

Science competition "CF's Got Talent!" streaming live from London 26 Sep 2019

Dr Anh Thu Dang
One of our researchers, Dr Anh Thu Dang, is competing in the UK based Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust science competition "CF's Got Talent!" next week, 26 September. The event will be livestreamed on CF Trust's Facebook page. She'll be talking about damping lung inflammation by tweaking the gut microbiome, and her title is: ‘Short chain fatty acids as CF therapeutics against pulmonary infections’.

Anh Thu is a post-doctoral research assistant based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in Professor Benjamin Marsland’s lab. They are working on one of the programmes within the CF Trust's SRC ‘Restoring balance in the gut for less inflammation in the lungs’, led by Leeds-based Professor Daniel Peckham. 

18 Sep 2019

Participants sought: Will prebiotic dietary fibre reduce blood pressure?

We're trying to find out whether a
particular kind of dietary fibre, called
'prebiotic', influences blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure but are not on medication, we would love to hear from you about participating in a research study investigating whether the use of prebiotic dietary fibre lowers blood pressure.

Our diet has been long known to influence the levels of blood pressure. While our bodies are incapable of digesting some types of fibre, they are fermented in the gut, where they feed the community of ‘good’ microbes. This results in the release of substances that may be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. The present study will test if a modified high fibre supplement could be used to lower blood pressure.

Congratulations to Prof Jayashri Kulkarni on the AM investiture!

On Wednesday 18 September, MAPrc Director Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, attended the official ceremony at Government House to receive her Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to Psychiatry and Womens Mental Health. Congratulations again Jayashri!

Jayashri's husband and daughter, Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau and Jayashri in the picture at right.

9 Sep 2019

Heady days: Review charts growth of lung microbiome research

Professor Ben Marsland
by Anne Crawford

In 2010 scientists reported for the first time that microbiota – the community of microorganisms that includes bacteria – existed in the airways of humans; they were met with disbelief: the healthy lung was thought to be sterile.
 
Around the same time, Professor Ben Marsland and colleagues conducted a study demonstrating that administration of innocuous bacteria to the lungs of mice protected them against asthma. A further study together with Professor Nicola Harris showed that ‘germ-free’ mice, which are bred under sterile conditions and have no microbiota, exhibited increased susceptibility to asthma.

Funds a welcome boost to sexual disease research

L-R: Dr Eric Chow, Prof Christopher Fairley and Dr Catriona Bradshaw
have won NHMRC grants for research programs to control STIs.
Prof Fairley is giving a public lecture on 17 Oct - all welcome! RSVP
by Anne Crawford

Central Clinical School researchers at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) have been awarded more than $6 million in the latest round of NHMRC grants – funds that will go towards researching programs urgently needed to fight rising levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Professor of Public Health at Monash University, Professor Christopher Fairley AO said rates of STIs such as syphilis and gonorrhoea in Victoria had risen relentlessly over the past 20 years.

CCS Recent publications 27 Aug - 2 Sep 2019

Dr Eric Chow (left) and Prof Kit Fairley
have a new publication on the role of saliva
 in
STI transmission amongst MSM. Prof Fairley
is giving a public lecture on 17 Oct: RSVP
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Neuroscience
  • Surgery

Lakshanie Wickramasinghe receives ATA Scientific award

Lakshanie Wickramasinghe is a PhD student
working on lung disease in babies,
seen here
presenting at Monash's 2019 3MT finals
Congratulations to Lakshanie Wickramasinghe on her runner up ATA Scientific award!

Lakshanie is a PhD student in Central Clinical School's Department of Immunology and Pathology, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Margaret Hibbs. Lakshanie will be using her award to contribute to the cost of registration and attendance for the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society conference, 16 – 19 October 2019 in Marysville, Victoria.

Australian Medical Students’ Orchestra (AMSO) concert "Drawings of Love" 22 Sep 2019

The Australian Medical Students’ Orchestra (AMSO) is proud to announce its 2019 concert Drawings of Love. We are delighted to invite you to what will be a wonderful event of diverse and iconic music repertoire.

AMSO will feature medical students from all corners of Australia who are passionate about music. We will come together over one weekend to perform at 2:30 pm on Sunday 22 September at Iwaki Auditorium, Melbourne. RSVP here

6 Sep 2019

Monash has new Sub-Faculty of Translational Medicine and Public Health

Professor Stephen Jane, newly
appointed Foundation Dean
Professor Margaret Gardner, Monash University Vice-Chancellor announced yesterday the establishment of the Sub-Faculty of Translational Medicine and Public Health, and the appointment of Professor Stephen Jane, Head of Central Clinical School (CCS) as Foundation Dean of the Sub-Faculty.

Novel drug may transform epilepsy treatment

Dr Pablo Casillas-Espinosa
by Anne Crawford

Monash University scientists have demonstrated that a novel drug can prevent the development of seizures in an animal model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), the most common type of epilepsy that develops after a brain injury.

The researchers from the Department of Neuroscience found that the compound Z944 prevented the development of TLE in 80% of animals, and also significantly improved depression and memory and learning problems associated with the disease.

"Whose fault is it that Bob caught syphilis?" Find out in CCS's forthcoming Annual Public Lecture 2019

An exciting event to pop in your diaries is on the horizon - the CCS Annual Public Lecture. This year's presentation is called 'Whose fault is it that Bob caught syphilis?' and is being delivered by the Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health CentreProfessor Christopher Fairley AO on Thursday 17 October 2019. RSVP here

Synopsis
Late one night in Melbourne, Bob got syphilis after having sex with a man with syphilis. Lots other men had sex with other men that night but didn’t contract syphilis.  Bob used a condom, but they don’t always protect against syphilis. So, ‘whose fault was it’ that Bob got syphilis? The answer matters because it leads to a solution to an important problem. With syphilis cases in Melbourne on the rise, we desperately need a solution.

Congratulations to our 2019 NHMRC grant winners

Central Clinical School's 13 successful Investigator 

grant recipients
Congratulations to our National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator grant recipients in Central Clinical School (CCS)!

CCS researchers have been awarded a total of $22.5 million across 13 grants, the highest number in our Faculty. CCS areas of expertise range across the discipline areas of sexual health, blood diseases, neuroscience, infectious diseases, diabetes, immunology and mental health. Funding for these grants will begin in 2020.

Overall, the Faculty's clinical schools did outstandingly well, with the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health obtaining 8 Investigator grants. Our sister school at the Alfred campus, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, also did well. Congratulations to all!

CCS diabetes researcher honoured by award

Dr Jay Jha won an ADS award
Scientist Dr Jay Jha has been recognised by the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) in an award given at its recent annual meeting in Sydney.

Dr Jha, an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Monash Department of Diabetes, won the Basic Science Poster award for his work into Nox4 and Nox5, pro-oxidant enzymes believed to promote diabetic kidney disease.

BGRF honours for neurological researchers focussed on patient outcomes

Associate Professor Piero Perucca
The 2019 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation honours have gone to researchers focussed on patients' quality of life. One, Professor Malcolm Horne, has already contributed a lifetime to improving the lives of patients with neurological disease and is an international leader in medical research while the other, Associate Professor Piero Perucca, is already making a big impact despite his youth.

2019 Collaborative Seed Grants now open for Alfred Research Alliance researchers

2018 winners Dr Akram Zamani (left) and
Dr Evelyn Tsantikos (right)
We are calling for applications for the Alfred Research Alliance (A+) EMCR Collaborative Seed Grants!

The A+ Seed Grants are intended to assist in funding innovative research and foster lasting collaborations between the institutes.

30 Aug 2019

Gluten isn't bad for healthy people

Dr Emma Halmos (L) & Prof Peter Gibson
Unless you have been medically diagnosed with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, a rigorous new study shows that eating foods containing gluten will cause you no harm, and avoiding these proteins in your diet isn't necessary.

Professor Peter Gibson and Dr Emma Halmos, Monash Department of Gastroenterology, write an editorial accompanying this new study publication in the journal Gastroenterology. See the full story at  Science Alert.

29 Aug 2019

Monash researchers a step closer to myeloma blood test

by Anne Crawford

Prof. Andrew Spencer
A Monash University team has advanced its research into developing a novel blood test to detect multiple myeloma. The liquid biopsy test also has the potential in the future to give clinicians an indication of how a patient is responding to treatment.

The ACBD (Australian Centre for Blood Diseases) group, led by Professor Andrew Spencer, published its study recently in Leukemia.  

Multiple myeloma (MM), an incurable cancer of the plasma cells which are normally found in the bone marrow, affects more than 1900 Australians each year.

MAPrc researcher finalist in Bupa Award!


Dr Gemma Sharp
Congratulations Dr Gemma Sharp, one of five national finalists in this year's Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award!

Dr Sharp is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Clinical Psychologist in the Women’s Mental Health division of MAPrc. Her research focuses on the causes and novel treatments of body image concerns which can lead to really serious disorders like eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. 


Precision medicine to be advanced by international collaboration



A/Prof. Christoph Hagemeyer
Central Clinical School researchers are part of a newly formed Monash University Network of Excellence for Molecular Imaging and Precision Radiopharmaceuticals. Associate Professor Christoph Hagemeyer and Dr Karen Alt from the ACBD, along with Professor Meng Law from the Department of Neuroscience and Alfred Health Radiology, have joined the multidisciplinary team, which includes researchers from Germany and Canada.

With a focus on individualised precision medicine to treat a range of human diseases, the researchers have backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biomedical imaging, advanced nano-bio-technologies, and immunotherapy.



CCS Recent Publications 20 - 26 August 2019

Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
A/Prof Richard Beare, based
at the Peninsula Clinical
School had two articles
published this week. 
  • Allergy Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI)
  • Peninsula Clinical School
  • Surgery

22 Aug 2019

Lab-on-a-chip: the future of drug development technology


The tiny "lab-on-a-chip" used for blood tests. 
A tiny lab the size of a postage stamp could be the next big thing in the search for safer anti-clotting drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The new biocompatible lab-on-a-chip, based on microfluidic chip technology, can screen hundreds of drug compounds in just a few hours, revealing their effect on blood and quickly identifying those that have the most potential for clinical use.

Monash researcher Dr Warwick Nesbitt, led the team of biochemists from the Haematology Micro-platforms group at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), collaborating with engineers from RMIT to use the pioneering device to better understand clotting mechanisms and develop new anti-clotting drugs.


Plans for China/Australia sexual health centre gain momentum

by Anne Crawford
Prof. Lei Zhang, earlier in the year at the collaborative meeting
to discuss the new joint centre.

The head of the Central Clinical School, Professor Stephen Jane, will visit China next week to discuss plans for a new joint centre researching sexual health, a collaboration between Monash University and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China (XJTU).

The China-Australia Joint Research Centre for Infectious Diseases will bring together researchers from the Central Clinical School’s Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) and School of Public Health, Xi'an Jiaotong University in north-western China.

Professor Jane will meet with Professor Yan Hong, Vice President of Xi'an Jiaotong University, to discuss collaboration between the universities’ faculties of medicine, focussing on the exchange of academic staff and students, and possible joint programs.


Cross-disciplinary research links golden staph to autoimmune disease


Prof. Peleg with his lab group.
Professor Anton Peleg, Director of Infectious Diseases, recently collaborated on a paper published in Nature Communications.

The study found that the body may be fooled by a plasmid-derived protein from some types of Staph aureus (golden staph), resulting in the development of severe autoimmune disease. Plasmids have been associated with antibiotic resistance but this study now links them to autoimmune disease, specifically ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), a severe autoimmune disease caused by autoimmunity to myeloperoxidase (MPO).


CCS Recent Publications 13th - 19th August

Dr Natalie Thomas, MAPrc is
first author on a paper featured 
this week.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:


  • Neuroscience
  • Peninsula Clinical School
  • Gastroenterology
  • MSHC
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • MAPrc


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