20 May 2016

Photo of the week: Low FODMAP workshop fully subscribed!

Low FODMAP food display. The Monash University Department of Gastroenterology ran a highly successful workshop attended by 120 dietitians on 18 May 2016, called 'FODMAPs 101: Introduction, Indication and Implementation in Irritable Bowel Syndrome'.
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Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Mr Charles Milne is a surgeon at
the Alfred
and Cabrini hospitals
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: 23-27 May 2016

Mon 24-May 15:30 PhD Mid-Candidature Seminar - Mr Pacific Huynh
Thu 26-May 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club - Dr Katharine Goodall
Fri 27-May 9:00 Master of Surgery : Mid-Candidature Review Seminar - Mr Charles Milne

Forthcoming events

2016 CCS 3MT heat is on: Please register if you'd like to compete

Central Clinical School HDR students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. The CCS 3 Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for HDR students to convey the relevance and importance of their research in just 3 minutes. It is an excellent opportunity to achieve a higher profile for research students and their work. The Monash 3MT finalist will then be invited to represent Monash University at the transnational final.

2016 CCS 3MT competition details

Registration link (Registrations for competitors close: 1 July)
Further information
CCS 3MT round
  • Date: Thursday 11 August
  • Time: 12-2pm
  • Venue: Lecture theatre, Level 5, Alfred Centre
  • Prizes
    • Winner: $300
    • Runner up: $200
    • People's choice award: $100

MHTP Research Week 22-26 August 2016 at Monash Medical Centre program is shaping up!

Research Week is an exciting opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and showcase the ground- breaking research being conducted at the MHTP.

The program includes:
  • Poster sessions and poster competition
  • Internationally renowned speakers, including
    • Monash University Chancellor Simon McKeon
    • NHMRC CEO Professor Anne Kelso
    • Clinical haematologist Professor John Rasko, University of Sydney
    • Stem cell scientist and clinician, Associate Professor Jerry Chan, Duke NUS Medical School, Singapore
  • Translational Research Symposium with a focus on
    • Cancer therapies
    • Women’s and Children’s Health (Reproductive, Neonatal, Paediatric)
  • The Ritchie Centre Public Forum, chaired by Professor Euan Wallace
    • “Stem Cell Therapies – where are we now and where are we going?” (Clinical trials, current and potential treatments)
  • The Ritchie Centre Annual Colloquium
    • Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine (the latest in stem cell research)
  • Early Career Researchers workshop
Watch this space for more details and to register
For further information please visit our webpage

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 20 May 2016

L-R:  Karla Fischer, Dr Anissa Jabbour, Carmel Daunt
Recent publications for CCS affiliated authors:

Bloomer DT, Kitevska T, Brand IL, Jabbour AM, Nguyen H, Hawkins CJ. Modeling Metazoan Apoptotic Pathways in Yeast. Methods Mol Biol. 2016; 1419:161-83.
doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3581-9_13.

New book chapter on sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease

Prof Matthew Naughton (Department of AIRmed) has a chapter, "Sleep Disorders and Cardiovascular Disease" published in the new Handbook of Psychocardiology (2016), edited by Don Byrne and Marlies Alvarenga.

The handbook brings together comprehensive evidence bearing on what is now commonly termed "psycho-cardiology". It focuses on the role of psycho-social factors in the genesis and clinical management of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The book is a critically reviewed compendium of current knowledge in the area, coupled with guides to evidence-based best practice in the field of psycho-cardiology.

See link: www.fishpond.com.au/Books/Handbook-of-Psychocardiology-Don-Byrne-Edited-by-Marlies-Alvarenga-Edited-by/9789812872050

Advanced Course - Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. Registrations open

Advanced Course - Infections in the Immunocompromised Host

This advanced course will provide a comprehensive two-day program covering all the key topic areas related to infections in immunocompromised patients. The course is targeted not only to advanced trainees but also to specialist consultants, pharmacists and others who play a role in caring for immunocompromised patients across the areas of infectious diseases, microbiology, respiratory and renal medicine, cardiology, hepatology, haematology-oncology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, intensive care and general medicine. The course is targeted to those nationally and those within the Asia-Pacific region.

Course details

  • Date: Friday 14 - Saturday 15 October 2016
  • Time: 0900 - 1800
  • Venue: Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP), AMREP Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3004.
  • Program: TBA

Registration (Registrations close: Wednesday 31 September 2016)

  • Registration link
  • Cost
    • Early Bird (Until 31 August 2016
      • Registrars/Students/Pharmacists/Allied Health: $350.00 
      • Consultants: $450.00
    • After 31 Aug 2016
      • Registrars/Students/Pharmacists/Allied Health: $400.00
      • Consultants: $500.00

Turning MS inside out - Congratulations to Steven Petratos on MS Research Australia grant!

2016 Red Lab Coat Day celebrated by Steven Petratos & his group.
L-R Erica Kim, Speros Thomas, Amani Alrehaili, Kylie Magee,
Melissa Beimond, Jae Young Lee, Steven Petratos
Congratulations to Dr Steven Petratos who has been awarded a project grant of $160,000 across 2016-2017 from MS Research Australia to investigate axonal degeneration in multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, and is an insidious neurological disease that can have a severe and disabling course. Currently, the best therapies can only limit relapses in patients but as these individuals age with the disease, they become vulnerable to progression.

Participants sought for 'Borderline Personality Disorder' research study

Participants sought for 'Borderline Personality Disorder' therapy trial

BPD poses a major public health impact, and this highlights the urgent need for a new treatment approach.

5.9% of Australians have BPD during their lifetime – equivalent to 236,000 Melbournians, and 6,370 City of Stonnington residents, at any one time. Within our local Alfred Health catchment area, approximately 4,000 people already seek care for BPD. Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), which is a part of the Alfred hospital, receives 3-4 new referrals for patients with BPD to their specialist clinic each week.

Affecting both men and women, BPD develops in adolescence and can result in severe consequences. A history of complex trauma is common, and BPD sufferers tend experience intense emotions and mood swings. Not being able to manage these emotions often results in issues in their relationships with others. As seen in Emma’s case, other features of the disorder include chronic self-harm and suicidal behaviours, cognitive disturbances, intense anger, and chronic feelings of emptiness. It can also include poor self-esteem, fear of abandonment, and transient stress-induced psychosis. Untreated, 10% of these people with BPD will complete suicide.

Opportunity: Research Fellow, Department of Immunology and Pathology, Central Clinical School

Researcher wanted

Research Fellow, Department of Immunology and Pathology, Central Clinical School

Department/Unit: Department of Immunology and Pathology, Central Clinical School
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences
Classification (salary rates): Level A
Employment type: Fixed-term (Full-time)
Work location: The Alfred Hospital
Enquiries: Prof Magdalena Plebanski, email: magdalena.plebanski@monash.edu ph
+61 3 990 30667
The Vaccines and Infectious Diseases (VID) Laboratory is located at the Central Clinical School’s Department of Immunology and Pathology which in turn is primarily located on the Alfred Hospital campus in Prahran as a partner institute in the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP). Our partner organisations are the BakerIDI Institute, the Burnet Institute and Alfred Health, where strong teams research related and complementary topics including respiratory, metabolic, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. This environment provides exciting opportunities for us to engage in strong cross-field collaborative and clinically applicable research programs with our AMREP partners.

Perspective: Mentoring for Clinician Researchers

Are you seeking support and guidance from an experienced senior or peer clinician researcher? Do you want to grow your research career & networks?

BioMedVic is hosting an Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) event on 16 June 2016, Mentoring for Clinician Researchers, to learn about the importance of mentoring for clinician researchers and how to foster a successful mentoring relationship. Register here
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