17 Jul 2015

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Louise Rowntree presenting
at the 2013 PG symposium
Central Clinical School has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. All event notices are maintained on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff & 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 Intranet's Announcements page.

Various Departments have their own calendars, see CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on for this week: 20 Jul- 24 Jul 2015

Mon Jul 20 12:30 PM Psychiatry Professorial Grand Round
Wed Jul 22 11:30 AM PhD Pre-Submission review - Ms Louise Rowntree

In the Future

Focus on Translational Research: Professor Hatem Salem

Prof Hatem Salem at his Festschrift
in 2013
Hatem Salem is currently an Emeritus Professor at Monash University as well as a senior Counsellor of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Prior to this, Professor Salem was the Head of both the Department of Clinical Haematology at Monash University and Clinical Haematology at the Alfred Hospital. He will be speaking at the forthcoming 30 Sept Translational Research symposium hosted by Central Clinical School. See detail below.

12 Jul 2015

30 Aug 2015 de Castella Run to Mend Minds: Run, Sponsor, Donate - it all helps!

MAPrc wants your involvement! Run, donate, join in with the de Castella Run for Mental Health 2015 (Sunday 30 August), in the following ways:
  1. Register as a runner
  2. Fundraise by creating a fundraising account
  3. Sponsor a runner
  4. Donate to MAPrc
Funds raised will go towards the mental health research at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc).Your efforts will help the team of clinicians, researchers and post graduate students to help mend minds as they conduct a series of high quality clinical research projects under the direct supervision of MAPrc Director, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni.

Access to health care critical to STI control for Indigenous youth

Image: Creative Commons
Two papers by Williams et al. and Scott et al. describe the sexual risks and health-seeking behaviour of young Indigenous Australians. Their sexual risks and health-seeking behaviours are similar to the general Australian population, yet their risk of past sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is higher. These findings are consistent with previous findings and suggest that access to health care, and not sexual risk, remain critical to STI control in remote Indigenous communities.

 Reference: Fairley, C.K., Chow, E.P.F., Hocking, J.S. Early presentation of symptomatic individuals is critical in controlling sexually transmissible infections. Sexual Health, 12(3) pp.181 - 182.

Burns wound dressing using a synthetic skin substitute

Use of synthetic skin substitute
for dressing burn wounds

The Victorian Adult Burns Service (VABS) has a cadaver skin bank. However, due to issues surrounding cost, graft rejection, disease transfer and limited availability, Biobrane - a synthetic skin substitute - is the preferred temporary wound dressing for uncontaminated excised wounds in the VABS unit. The use of Biobrane has been incorporated into the unit's surgical treatment algorithm. Biobrane may be considered an expensive wound closure option, but a recent study suggests it is more cost and time-effective than cadaveric allograft when used as a temporary wound closure method. 

Reference: Tan H, Wasiak J, Paul E, Cleland H. Effective use of Biobrane as a temporary wound dressing prior to definitive split-skin graft in the treatment of severe burn: A retrospective analysis. Burns 41(5) pp.969-976. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2014.07.015

Congratulations to Professor Russell Gruen on Singapore appointment

Congratulations to Professor Russell Gruen who has been appointed Professor of Surgery at the new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Director of the Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. For the past six years, Russell has made a significant contribution to trauma research in Australia and internationally as Director of the National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) and as a Trauma Consultant at The Alfred Hospital. He will continue his affiliation with Monash University as Professor of Surgery and Public Health.As Chief Investigator of the PATCH study, Russell has advocated for greater understanding of the role of TXA for severely injured patients that are treated in advanced trauma systems. He will remain an integral part of the study. We wish him and his family all the best in their move to Singapore.

EMCR news, views, events, mentoring and more in their July issue of EMCR times

See all the recent Early & Mid Career Researcher news from the AMREP precinct in the July issue of EMCR Times.
Their website has also been updated, see:

Participants sought: Does diet influence inflammatory markers in the blood?

High fibre food is part of the study
Are you healthy and interested in the latest dietary research? We are investigating how dietary fibre and orally ingested vinegar may influence inflammatory markers in the blood. Dietary fibre is used by the gut bacteria to produce small molecules that may have anti-inflammatory effects in the blood. Vinegar is also a source of one of these small molecules, acetate. We are interested to see if an increase in acetate levels in the blood could change the activity of immune cells in the blood. Participants would be provided with high and low fibre diets as well as a small amount of vinegar to drink.

14 Aug: 2015 VicHealth Awards submission due for health promotion projects

Victoria is a world leader in health promotion. Whether it’s ground-breaking research, a community-led health initiative, or a state-wide awareness campaign, communities across the state benefit from health promotion every day.

The 2015 VicHealth Awards will celebrate these great projects that are making our communities happier and healthier places, and empowering Victorians to take control of their health and wellbeing.

CSIRO Protein Expression Workshop 29-31 July 2015

The CSIRO Protein Expression Workshop is an annual event designed to improve the understanding of proteins for structural and biological studies. Join us for the 16th Annual Protein Expression Workshop 29-31 July 2015. See detail.
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