10 Jun 2016

Video of the week: Low FODMAP diet in Deutsch!

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The Department of Gastroenterology's very successful animation (now up to 78,000 views) has been translated into German and uploaded to the CCSMonash Youtube channel. Downloads of their low FODMAP diet app have steadily been trending up.
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSBygqIDvQQ

Was sind FODMAPS und wie sie RDS-Symptome auslösen

Published on 22 May 2016
Webseite: http://bit.ly/1TgHWhF
App: http://bit.ly/1PKfK3Y
Broschüre: http://bit.ly/1yFzqxg

Die FODMAP-arme Diät wurde von Wissenschaftlern an der Monash University in Australien entwickelt. Unter der Leitung von Peter Gibson lieferte das Monash-Team die ersten Nachweise dafür, dass eine FODMAP-arme Ernährungsweise die Symptome eines Reizdarms verbessern kann. Das Reizdarmsyndrom (RDS) ist eine häufig auftretende funktionelle Magen-Darm-Erkrankung (im Englischen functional gastrointestinal disorder = FGID), die jeden siebten Erwachsenen betrifft und vielfach in Teilen Europas, in den USA sowie in zahlreichen Ländern Asiens und des Pazifiks auftritt.

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Dr Alex Huang, Baker IDI
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: 

Tue 14-Jun 14:00 PhD Mid-Candidature Review Seminar : Dr Alex Huang
Wed 15-Jun 11:00 PhD Pre-submission Seminar : Ms Jacqueline Riddiford
15-Jun 11:30 Immunology Seminar Series: Dr Kim Good-Jacobson
Thu 16-Jun 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Dr Evelyn Tsantikos

Forthcoming events

Immunology 'Cutting Edge' seminar series: Gut microbiota drive autoimmune arthritis

Dr Evelyn Tsantikos, Research Officer
in A/Prof Margaret Hibbs' group
Dr Evelyn Tsantikos will present the Immunity paper: "Gut Microbiota Drive Autoimmune Arthritis by Promoting Differentiation and Migration of Peyer’s Patch T Follicular Helper Cells". Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27096318

Recent studies have shown that alterations in gut microbiota (dysbiosis) can lead to many autoimmune diseases, including diseases with clear association to the gut, notably inflammatory bowel disease. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which microbiota in the gut influence systemic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remain largely unknown.

Research highlight: Professor Elsdon Storey's neuroscience projects

Ms Volga Tarlac & Prof Elsdon Storey
Professor Elsdon Storey’s research involvement spans a broad spectrum of neuroscience, from the laboratory to large clinical trials.  His laboratory work, conducted with the assistance of Ms Volga Tarlac, covers neurotransmitter and receptor analysis in mice bred to develop ataxia (incoordination), in a search for rational symptomatic treatments for patients with ataxias.

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 10 June 2016

Prof Anton Peleg heads the Department of Infectious Diseases
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors on research areas including anaesthesia and perioperative medicine, blood diseases, gastroenterology, immunology, infectious diseases, medicine, psychiatry, surgery:

Coad BR, Griesser HJ, Peleg AY, Traven A. Anti-infective surface coatings: Design and therapeutic promise against device-associated infections. PLoS Pathog. 2016 Jun 2;12(6):e1005598. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005598. eCollection 2016.

30 Jun deadline: MIME PhD Scholarship available for regenerative medicine (burns)

Applications due 30 June for a PhD project scholarship in regenerative medicine: Development of an engineered skin substitute for the treatment of burn injuries

The prognosis for survival of burn injuries has improved significantly in the last 40 years. This has in large part been due to improvements in the critical care of patients with a severe burn injury, and patients now routinely survive injuries that were inevitably fatal in the 1970s. However, further improvements in burn care are currently significantly impeded by the lack of a true skin substitute that replicates the functions of intact skin. This is despite the development of biosynthetic dressings, temporary skin substitutes and dermal analogues that have provided adjunctive treatments to split skin grafts, which remain the gold standard for large wound closure in most settings.

Participants sought: What is the difference between A1 and A2 milk?

The composition of 1 cup of milk:  one cup of milk contains water, lactose,
fat, minerals and protein. Within the protein we find casein and whey. There
are various types of casein with beta-casein making up 2-3 grams of milk solids.
These beta-caseins are produced by different types of cows.
By Shirley Webber, Research Dietitian

With the milk industry in the limelight at the moment, many people are asking questions about what we are actually consuming. One question that we often get is “What is the difference between A1 and A2 milk?”

The Monash University team is conducting a study looking into the effects of these two different milks and what effects A1 vs A2 milks may have on gut transit time, behavioural/ psychological health and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Participants sought: Does vaccinating males against HPV help to reduce HPV in males?

Vaccinating men for HPV - will it help reduce HPV?
Prevalence of genital HPV infection in males following introduction of universal male Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination - IMPRESS
This study will find out how common HPV is among males aged 17 to 19 years. We will compare two groups: males who have been offered vaccination against HPV as part of the vaccination program and those who were not offered the vaccination.

Media mention: Jeremy Grummet, Department of Surgery

"Surgeon at forefront of battle against urological diseases" features Jeremy Grummet, Department of Surgery
Sydney Morning Herald, June 4, 2016
To view the entire article, click on: http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/surgeon-at-forefront-of-battle-against-urological-diseases-20160602-gp7r8r.html

10 June 2016 issue of NHMRC Research Tracker

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