11 Sept 2015

Photo of the week: Central Clinical School staff portraits

Recent portraits of new and existing Central Clinical School staff and students with the Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences blue backdrop. Our doctors, clinicians, researchers, lecturers, graduate students, adjuncts, administrative and professional staff all have faces! See complete staff listing (though without photos) at:  www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/staff/allccs.html
Pictured here, L-R:
Top row: Marina Iacovou, Gayan de Mel, Anthony Dear, Joseph Doyle, Ben Fancke, Mark Fitzgerald, Smitha Georgy
Middle row: Vijay Kumar, Dussy Kuttner, Florence Lim, Harshal Nandurkar, Harvey Newnham, Miranda Paraskeva, Simone Peters
Bottom row: Arie Sebastian, Waled Shihata, Eric Tan, Emma Toulmin, Costa Valakopoulos, Menno Van Zelm, Shirley Webber

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Dr Lachlan Gray, Burnet Institute, at the

2014 EMCR@AMREP 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 the week: 11 - 18 Sep 2015

Fri 11-Sep 12.30 pm ► Dept Immunology: "Cutting Edge" seminar series
                   1.30 pm ► Dept Immunology: Special guest lecture from Dr Raj Muthusamy
                  5.00 pm ►Closing date for IgV registration

Mon 14-Sep 9:00 BMedSc Dept Oral Presentation#2
12:30 Psychiatry Professorial Grand Round
Tue 15-Sep 11:30 PhD Pre-Submission Seminar : Mr James McFadyen
15:00 Guest Lecture by Professor Warwick Anderson: Human Frontier Science

In the Future

Professor Kit Fairley: Why sex work legislation matters to everyone. Find out more on 30 September 2015

Professor Christopher ('Kit') Fairley is Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) and Professor of Public Health at Monash University. He holds three specialist medical fellowships from the College of Physicians. He is an editor of the Journal 'Sexual Health'. His principal research interests are the public health control of sexually transmitted diseases and the effectiveness of clinical services. He holds a current NHMRC program grant, has supervised over 20 doctoral students to completion and has about 450 publications. Prof Fairley will be speaking at the forthcoming 30 Sept Translational Research symposium hosted by Central Clinical School. See detail below.

Professor Euan Wallace: How basic science informs clinical trials. Lessons from perinatal medicine. Find out more on 30 Sep 2015

Professor Euan Wallace is the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University and Director of Obstetric Services, Monash Health. Professor Wallace will be speaking at the forthcoming 30 Sept Translational Research symposium hosted by Central Clinical School. See detail below.

8 Sept 2015

Publication: Oats and goat's milk - Case studies on becoming allergic to food via skin products

L-R: Dr Sara Prickett, Prof Robyn O'Hehir and Prof Jenny
Goat milk first, now oats are revealed by Monash allergy researchers to be allergenic ingredients in skin care products.

"Food is meant to be eaten, not rubbed into inflamed skin," said Professor Robyn O'Hehir, Director of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine at The Alfred and Monash University, on publication of her article in 2014 which demonstrated both clinical and laboratory evidence of a link between topical application of cosmetics and the development of food allergy to goat's milk.

Review publication: Measuring brain stimulation induced changes in cortical properties using TMS-EEG

TMS plus EEG equals more insight into
of brain stmulation
Neuromodulatory brain stimulation can induce plastic reorganization of cortical circuits that persist beyond the period of stimulation. Most of our current knowledge about the physiological properties has been derived from the motor cortex. The integration of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG) is a valuable method for directly probing excitability, connectivity and oscillatory dynamics of regions throughout the brain. Offering in depth measurement of cortical reactivity, TMS-EEG allows the evaluation of TMS-evoked components that may act as a marker for cortical excitation and inhibition.

7 Sept 2015

AMSI internships - industry placements for postgraduate students

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Intern is a national based program working with industry, recognising a growing need for high-level postgraduates to enter all industry sectors.

The AMSI Internship program allows students to transfer their skills from theory to real world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

Very successful R U OK day for CCS/SPHPM morning tea

A very well attended morning tea for #monashruokday was held at Central Clinical School and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine on Thursday 10 September 2015. Approximately 100 people attended with Dr Rebecca Segrave from Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre #MAPrc presenting a general talk on mental health and helping colleagues in the work place. The raffle prizes were a hit, so a special thank you to all our supporting companies who sponsored prizes for the morning tea:

6 Sept 2015

Odd spot: Ben Goldacre, author of 'Bad Science', on randomisation

Cartoon: xkcd comic
“Randomisation is not a new idea. It was first proposed in the seventeenth century by John Baptista van Helmont, a Belgian radical who challenged the academics of his day to test their treatments like blood-letting and purging (based on ‘theory’) against his own, which he said were based more on clinical experience: ‘Let us take out of the hospitals, out of the Camps, or from elsewhere, two hundred, or five hundred poor People, that have Fevers, Pleurisies, etc. Let us divide them into half, let us cast lots, that one half of them may fall to my share, and the other to yours … We shall see how many funerals both of us shall have.” 
― Ben GoldacreBad Science
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