6 May 2021

Dexamethasone treatment safe in surgery

Profs Tomas Corcoran, Allen Cheng, Paul Myles,
A/Prof Trish Peel and Ms Karen Goulding explain the
research which has shown that dexamethasone is safe in
surgery. See NEJM study & webinar video 

The steroid drug, dexamethasone, is often given by anaesthetists during surgery.  However, because of its effects on the immune system there has been growing concern that it may increase the risk of wound infections, particularly in vulnerable populations such as patients with diabetes.

5 May 2021

17 Apr - 3 May 2021 Central Clinical School recent publications

Dr Vilija Jokubaitis explains how pregnant women with MS
benefit from medication. See recent publication and video
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 27 April - 3 May 2021 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments. The below is not a comprehensive list. Most recent validated publications for the school and departments can be seen on their publications pages, linked to from the headings below. Otherwise, read down the entry for recent notifications.

4 May 2021

The jury's in on acquired brain injury rehabilitation

A citizen jury generates helpful ideas for improving care and
rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. 

Republished from Monash Lens 23 April,
featuring Professor Natasha Lannin

The idea of a jury – 12 impartial men and women hearing evidence, just like in a courtroom – isn’t absolutely new to medical research, but it is unusual.

The principle is to get ordinary people with no previous involvement or biases in an area of healthcare to get a crash-course in it, and report back.

2021 CCS 3MT competition on 27 May: All welcome!

This year's PhD students entering in the CCS 3MT heat being held 27 May: See CCS 3MT web page or read further down.
L-R from top: Pia Campagna, Erskine Chu, Muhammad Javaid, Runxuan Lin, Jacques Ma, Rachna Ram, Jennifer Reilly, Akshita Rana, Nicola Sergienko, Marissa Sgro, Georgia Symons

Each year, Central Clinical School graduate research (GR) students compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. 

30 Apr 2021

Prestigious TSANZ Society medal awarded to Professor Anne Holland

Professor Anne Holland in clinic
Congratulations to Professor Anne Holland, who has been awarded the prestigious Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Society Medal!  

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgement of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy, and first awarded in 1992. 

Professor Holland is Professor of Physiotherapy at Monash University and Alfred Health in Melbourne, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Leadership Fellow. 

Leadership lessons from women academics — why men and women need female mentors

Research group leaders in the Department of Immunology and Pathology
share their thoughts on mentoring. L-R upper row: A/Prof Margaret Hibbs,

Prof Nicola Harris, A/Prof Natasha Smallwood, Prof Anne Holland;
L-R lower row: Prof David Tarlinton, A/Prof Menno van Zelm,
Dr Malcolm Starkey.
by Drs Zhoujie Ding and Jessica Borger*
Central Clinical School, Monash University

The topic of women in science usually draws immediate mention of Marie Curie, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, first in Physics in 1903 (with her husband Pierre), and then in Chemistry in 1911. Or more recently, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier’s ground-breaking work in gene editing, which won them the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their win marked the first time a science‐related Nobel Prize was shared by women and no men. 

Contact sport athletes are returning to play too soon after concussion, study finds

Research shows contact athletes are returning to play too soon.
Image: Shutterstock

New research from Monash University into brain changes post-concussion indicates that the brain remains injured and potentially vulnerable after more than two weeks – raising concerns that new AFL concussion guidelines may be still allowing athletes to return to play before the brain has fully recovered.

In a paper published in the journal, Cerebral Cortex, Monash researchers conducted MRI scans on concussed athletes from amateur Australian Football clubs in Melbourne at both 48-hours and 2 weeks after their concussion, and compared them to non-concussed athletes.
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