23 Oct 2015

Video of the Week "Women's mental health: It's getting tougher"

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni is Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) within the Central Clinical School (CCS) of Monash University. In 2015 she gave the annual public lecture hosted by CCS on "Women's mental health: It's getting tougher". The topic was of high public interest, and Prof Kulkarni announced the formation of the new Australian Consortium for Women's Mental Health. See more:

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Dame Quentin Bryce at the
recent CCS public lecture
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 coming week: 26-30 Oct 2015

Mon 10/26/2015 10:00 Immunology and Medical Biology Final Oral Review Seminar
10/26/2015 12:30 Psychiatry Professorial Grand Round
Tue 10/27/2015 10:00 Immunology and Medical Biology Final Oral Review Seminar
10/27/2015 13:00 Master of Surgery - Confirmation of Candidature Mr Sean Huang

In the Future

2015 CCS Postgraduate Symposium - all welcome!

"Of the students, by the students, for the students"

Central Clinical school's 8th annual postgraduate symposium aims to improve the visibility of students and their research projects on a larger scale and celebrate their achievements.  PhD students from across the AMREP precinct: Baker IDI, Burnet Institutes and Monash University's Central Clinical School have the opportunity to explain their research to other students, and by participating, will foster collaborations, networking and a greater awareness of the expertise and research being conducted at AMREP.   Students choose to do either oral and/or poster presentations, which are judged by a panel of senior academics and postdocs. Attractive monetary prizes are awarded for outstanding work.


22 Oct 2015

FODMAP testing - what's involved

Mr Alex Bogatyrev, research scientist assisting with the analysis of FODMAPs in food
By Dr Jane Varney (Research Dietitian)

The Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University are leaders in the FODMAP analysis of foods. With over 10 years of experience performing this detailed analysis, we have a team of highly skilled staff and a laboratory equipped with state of the art equipment that enables us to provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive data regarding the FODMAP content of food. This article provides you with an abbreviated description of what is a laborious, expensive testing process, each food taking 2-4 weeks to analyse in our lab! See also the photo gallery.

Do different FODMAPs have different effects?

Figs have a very high excess fructose rating
& pomegranates are rated 'red' for fructans
By Caroline Tuck (APD, PhD Candidate, Department of Gastroenterology)

Do different FODMAPs have different effects?

FODMAP is an acronym for a group of carbohydrates that have been shown to cause symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The acronym stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols and includes the following carbohydrates:
  • fructose
  • lactose
  • sugar polyols (including sorbitol and mannitol)
  • fructans
  • galactooligosaccharides
Although these five sugar subgroups have been grouped together, they appear to have a different effects on the gut. A 2013 study compared the effects of fructose and fructans.

Congratulations to Dr Jodie Abramovitch on her PhD completion!

Jodie has been a regular presenter at
CCS events
Congratulations to Jodie Abramovitch, who has successfully fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Jodie's thesis is titled: Influence of food processing on the humoral and cellular immune response to shared and unique allergens of crustacean species. Jodie was supervised by Prof Robyn O'Hehir and Prof Jenny Rolland in the Allergy lab. See more about

Congratulations to Ellen McAllister for IgV prize!

Ellen McAllister, 2015 BSc Hons
Congratulations to Ellen McAllister, an Honours student from Fabienne Mackay's lab. She won a student prize for best 3 minute thesis at the Immunology Group Victoria (IgV) meeting this year. Her topic was the role of PRMT5 during B cell development. The prize is Australian Society of Immunology (ASI) membership for the next calendar year. See more about Immunology research at:

National Association of Research Fellows of NHMRC: Investigator Award $1500

The National Association of Research Fellows (NARF) announces their annual award which recognizes outstanding independent health/medical/biomedical research achievements by an Australian postdoctoral researcher at an early stage of their career. The intention of the Award is to recognize such achievement and to encourage the career aspirations of young Australian investigators in health/medical/biomedical research.

The NARF Postdoctoral Award for 2015 is AUD $1500.

4th Annual NHMRC Research Translation Symposium – 27-28 Oct 2015

4th Annual NHMRC Research Translation Symposium – next week. Online registrations closed Wednesday 21 October;  registrations can be completed on-site at the symposium. The final programme and available abstracts are now online, along with registration details and plenary speaker profiles. The symposium will be held in Sydney on 27-28 October. Further information at www.nhmrc2015.com/.

"What's the fuss" Medical Research Future Fund support campaign

Natasha Stott Despoja is one of the many
spokespeople for the #WTFuss campaign
The Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) has launched its  'What's the Fuss?' campaign in support of the Federal Government's Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Two Hudson Institute researchers, Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Morag Young, feature in a YouTube video, which you can watch below.

'What's the Fuss?' is a community-led TV and online campaign featuring patients, researchers, and high-profile advocates of medical research. It communicates to the broader community the critical role medical research plays in the health of all Australians, and how the MRFF will further enhance these benefits.

The campaign includes a 30 second TV commercial, online videos, and a website (www.whatsthefuss.org.au) where people can share their own stories of disease/medical research.

30 second advertisment: https://youtu.be/dpFNPPeLk84
Researchers video: https://youtu.be/isN5A-WWTeg
Various medical conditions video: https://youtu.be/ue5bRGwq6CE
Hashtag: #WTFuss
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...