31 May 2013

Sharon Lewin at UNAIDS: towards an HIV cure

lewin-unaidsProf Sharon Lewin, Head of Department of Infectious Diseases, is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) international working group currently developing a global scientific strategy for HIV cure research. Sharon recently visited UNAIDS in Geneva and presented on 24 May 2013 to staff ongoing work on "Towards an HIV Cure" and an update of preparations for the forthcoming International AIDS Conference in Melbourne in 2014. See youtube video:

13 June 2013 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) information night

bmedsc-354438Monash University is holding an information night for intending Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) students on 13 June 2013 at Clayton. The course is open to 3rd year MBBS students. 2013 saw an unprecedented number enrol at Central Clinical School, as the CCS's reputation grows for cutting edge medical research at a clinical centre. Enquiries: hdr.ccs@monash.edu or see details at:

2013 De Castella run for mental health research - 25 August

2012-decastella-runThe annual Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) fun(d)run is happening 25 August 2013, to raise awareness about serious mental illness and raise funds for mental health research. If you would like to participate either as a runner or a donor, MAPrc would love to hear from you. MAPrc are offering a prize for the organisation with the largest number of entrants! Enquiries to Anthony de Castella, ph 9076 6554, anthony.decastella@monash.edu.

2013 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) CCS heat will be big

3mt-niego11 PhD students from Central Clinical School will be competing in the 2013 3MT CCS heat on 17 July. The challenge is to present the topic, typically technical and complex in basic medical research, in three minutes or under, in a way that is engaging and accessible to a wider audience.

Melanie Voevodin wins international scholarship from Academy ofNutrition & Dietetics

voevodin-melanieCongratulations to Melanie Voevodin, PhD student in the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, who has been awarded the international scholarship offered annually by the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group. This is a well-known and strategic arm of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND; previously the American Dietetic Association - ADA).

29 May 2013

Research study: exploring how social interactions are processed in thebrain

maprc-tmsMAPrc are currently seeking healthy volunteers, aged between 18 and 40 years, for a research study exploring how social interactions are processed in the brain.This study involves the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), which is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. More information about the study can be found at

28 May 2013

Nitrous oxide anaesthetic damages leukocyte DNA

Prof Paul Myles, HOD Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, & colleagues have published research looking at the damage caused by the commonly used anaesthetic gas nitrous oxide to the DNA of leukocyte cells, with implications for wound healing. "The authors observe that maintenance of anesthesia with 70% nitrous oxide and sevoflurane in patients undergoing colorectal surgery doubles the incidence of DNA damage [as measured in a comet assay]"

Treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients

obese-traumaHannah Rosenfeld, 5th year MBBS student at University of Adelaide, and colleagues, have published a paper on the logistic, medical, and societal challenges faced in treating spine trauma in morbidly obese patients. Last author on the paper is Hannah's father, Prof Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, HOD Surgery.

Slowing down SLE kidney disease

kidneys-23399533Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), more simply known as lupus, is an autoimmune disease where the body makes antibodies against its own DNA. It may involve a variety of genes, follow a variety of genetic pathways, and damage a variety of cell types. In many cases, the consequence is impairment of kidney function, which is known as glomerulonephritis.
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