17 Jun 2016

Photo of the Week: 2016 EMCR@AMREP group

2016 Committee members. L-R: Dr Haloom Rafehi (EMCR Co-Secretary, Baker IDI), Dr Karen Alt (ACBD), Dr Julia Gilmartin (SPHPM), Dr Thomas Angelovich (Burnet), Ms Riya Palchaudhuri (Burnet), Dr Leah Kivivali (SPHPM), Dr Nupur Nag (SPHPM), Dr Lachlan Gray (EMCR Chair, Burnet/CCS Infectious Diseases), Dr Jade Bilardi (MSHC), Dr Thomas Bonnard (ACBD), Ms Jessica Anania (Burnet), Dr Ollie Black (SPHPM)
Absent: Dr Eric Chow (MSHC), Dr Jennifer Pilgrim (VIFM), Dr Laura Anderson (VIFM), Dr Carolina Weller (SPHPM), Dr Sarah Charnaud (Burnet), Dr Justin Chen (EMCR Treasurer, Baker IDI), Ms Emma Gearon (Baker IDI), Dr Caroline Gurvich (MAPRc), Dr Irene Bobevski (SPHPM), Dr Jessica Morison (EMCR Co-Secretary, SPHPM), Ms Tope Adepoyibi (Burnet)
The EMCR@AMREP group is very active to promote achievements and opportunities. See:

16 Jun 2016

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Mr Sean Huang, Surgery
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 (20-24 June 2016): 

Mon 20-Jun 12:00 PhD Mid-Candidature Review Seminar: Mrs Judith Moore
Tue 21-Jun 15:30 PhD Mid-Candidature Seminar: Mr Annas Al-Sharea
Thu 23-Jun 14:00 Master of Surgery: Mid-Candidature Review Seminar - Mr Sean Huang
23-Jun 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Simona Infantino

Forthcoming events

4 Oct AMREP EMCR Conference: Registrations open

AMREP EMCR Conference 2016, Tuesday 4 October 2016, AMREP Lecture Theatre.

The AMREP EMCR Conference aims to bring together early career researchers from across the AMREP precinct. The conference will provide a forum for EMCRs to present their work to fellow colleagues, encourage cross-institute collaborations, and enhance networking across the entire AMREP site.

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 17 June 2016

Prof John Wilson, demonstrating eHealth record content
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors:

Armani, R., Mitchell, L.E., Allen-Graham, J., Heriot, N.R., Kotsimbos, T., Wilson, J.W.  Current patient and healthcare worker attitudes to eHealth and the personally controlled electronic health record in major hospitals.  Internal Medicine Journal , 46 (6) pp. 717 - 722.

CCS clinical trial/research study register

Central Clinical School departments run many research studies and clinical trials seeking to recruit human participants. We've made it easy to advertise the studies through our blog and website via a register:

If you want to advertise a trial, you can login to our register with your authcate details. The following steps are undertaken:

  • Entry created by study coordinator. Fields ensure all content required is obtained.
  • Database editors receive automatic notification from database
  • Entry checked with study coordinator
  • Editor publishes to public web page
  • Content used to add to blog and other notifications
  • Content unpublished when recruitment finished or recruitment end date passed. Goes to archive and can be restored if trial reopens.
Enquiries to Julia Veitch, email: Julia.Veitch@monash.edu

Participants sought: Investigating the health benefits of dietary fibre

Healthy volunteers are required for a study investigating the optimal increase in dietary fibre to improve bowel movement and gut bacteria. This study involves volunteers consuming nutritionally balanced diets that vary only in their dietary fibre content, over an entire period of 8 weeks. All cooked food will be supplied. Participants will be asked to purchase the fresh food component of the diet. All the diets have been designed and prepared by a fully qualified and experienced professional chef.

Participants sought: Does memory and brain plasticity improve with non-invasive brain stimulation?

Image: M.C. Escher, 'Drawing Hands'
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) is currently seeking healthy right-handed adult participants aged between 18-60 years to take part in a study investigating the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on improving memory and brain plasticity. The study involves the use of a new form of non-invasive brain stimulation known as ‘High Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS) which is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. Brain activity will be recoded using TMS and EEG and memory will be studied via neuropsychological tests.

2016 D.S. Rosengarten Surgical Trainee Research Prize now open for applications

2015 winner Dr Kathleen Suter with
Mrs Candice Rosengarten
The D.S. Rosengarten Surgical Trainee Research Prize 2016 is now open for applications. The prize consisting of a shield and $1000 will be awarded for the best surgical research project performed by an Alfred Hospital surgical trainee.

Advanced and Basic Surgical trainees in all disciplines at The Alfred Hospital are eligible to apply and are encouraged to participate.

The winner, to be decided by a panel of adjudicators, will be announced at the conclusion of a scientific symposium at which the projects will be presented. This will be held on Saturday 3 December, 2016 at 8:00am in the AMREP Seminar Room, AMREP Education Centre, The Alfred.

Congratulations to Mei Choy, Zhu Tong and Janet Gare on PhD completions!

Congratulations to our recently completed PhD students, Dr Mei Choy, Ms Tong Zhu and Ms Janet Gare!

Dr Mei Choy's thesis is titled: "Targeted delivery of MMP14 inhibitor in a nanodrug construct for stabilization of unstable atherosclerotic plaques to prevent plaque rupture" and was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on  Tuesday 31 May 2016. She was supervised by Dr Christoph Hagermeyer (ACBD) and Prof Karlheinz Peter (BakerIDI).

Tong (Pam) Zhu
Ms Tong (Pam) Zhu's  thesis is titled: "The role of renin angiotensin system in retinal inflammation" and was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on Tuesday 10 May 2016. She was supervised by Prof Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka (Immunology & Pathology) and Dr Alex Agrotis.

Janet Gare
Ms Janet Gare's thesis is titled: "Antiretroviral therapy in Papua New Guinea: biological and social factors contributing to HIV treatment failure and drug resistance" and was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on Tuesday 24 May 2016. Supervisors are Prof Suzanne Crowe (Infectious Diseases), Dr Anna Hearps, Dr Claire Ryan and Dr Angela Kelly

Congratulations to the Gastroenterology FODMAP team for Dean's Award!

The low FODMAP research team at the 2013 Central Clinical School public lecture given by Peter Gibson.
Mr Alex Bogatyrev (Research scientist), Dr Jaci Barrett (Senior lecturer), Ms Amanda Banfield (Research Dietician), Ms Caroline Tuck (PhD student), Ms Simone Peters (PhD student), Prof Peter Gibson (HOD), Debbie King (Research chef), Ms Georgia Somers-Jones (Administrative Officer), Ms Emma Halmos (PhD student), Ms Phillipa Settle (Administrative Officer), Dr Jane Muir (Head, Translational Nutrition group), Ms CK Yao (PhD student), Ms Bernadette Kirwan (Administrative Officer).
Congratulations to Professor Peter Gibson, Dr Jane Muir & the FODMAP team, who are the recipients of the Dean's Awards in Excellence in Research Impact (Economic and Social Impact) team award in 2016. The date of the official presentation is 1 August 2016.

They have developed the Monash Low FODMAP diet app which is the highest selling medical app in Australia and now downloaded in over 100 countries worldwide. Their public lecture and animation videos have been seen by over 130,000 people.

See more about Low FODMAP diet research and products at Monash:

Media mention: Dr Neil Bailey in 7 June ABC Catalyst, "The Science of Meditation"

ABC Catalyst 7 June 2016 featuring Dr Neil Bailey, MAPrc.  "The Science of Meditation – can it really change you?"  Read full story: www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4477405.htm

June 2016 EMCR@AMREP newsletter

The AMREP EMCR team produces a newsletter profiling achievements and opportunities for EMCRs. See the June 2016 issue at: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/documents/ecr/201606-emcrtimes-20.pdf
See back issues at: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/ecr/news.html

13 Jul VTIS (Red Cross) meeting: Dissecting humoral responses following lung transplantation

Date/time: Wed 13 July 9-11.30am
Venue: VTIS, Australian Red Cross Blood Service 100 - 154 Batman Street West Melbourne VIC 3003
Program: Flyer link
Contact: A/Prof Glen Westall FRACP PhD
Consultant Respiratory Physician, The Alfred Hospital
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept of Medicine, Monash University
Tel:  9076 8241
Fax: 9529 8498
The aim of this meeting is to build upon existing research collaborations between The Alfred, Red Cross and The Doherty Institute, and in particular explore new research opportunities in the areas of B cell and NK cell biology.  A series of short presentations will framework wider open discussions between all participants.
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