22 Jul 2016

Photo of the week: BMedSc(Hons) info night 29 June 2016

Ms Maria Selvadurai presenting at Central Clinical School's inaugural Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) information evening on 29 June 2016. Maria is taking the recently approved Monash University research pathway for medical students, whereby she has completed three years of her medical degree, done the BMedSc Honours year and continued in a PhD with accelerated milestones, with the option of completing in two years instead of the usual three plus. Thereafter, she can return to complete her undergraduate medical degree, and be a double doctor. Maria is undertaking her research in the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases under the supervision of Dr Justin Hamilton. See more:

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Prof Paul Myles will be talking about the
ATACAS study on 28 July 2016
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 25-29 July 2016: 

Mon 25-Jul 10:00 Mid-year Honours and Graduate Research student orientation
Wed 27-Jul 11:30 Immunology Seminar Series-Nick Huntington
Thu 28-Jul 12:00 Grand Rounds: Antifibrinolytic therapy in cardiac surgery: blood-sparing or prothrombotic? Results of the ATACAS trial

28-Jul 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club-Amal Dameer

Forthcoming events

2016 3MT CCS heat happening 11 Aug 2016 - All welcome!

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 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition, which will be held in Queensland University of Queensland.

2016 CCS 3MT competition details

  • Date: Thursday 11 August
  • Time: 12-1.30pm
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Alfred Centre
  • CLICK HERE to RSVP for catering purposes
  • The winner of the 2015 CCS 3MT competition was Ms Shanzana Khan. See her video.

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 22 July 2016

We have a bumper issue this week listing 43 new publications across all departments of the Central Clinical School, including:
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (3)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (8)
  • Gastroenterology (6)
  • Immunology & Pathology/AIRmed (7)
  • Infectious Diseases (6)
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (7)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (4)
  • Surgery/NTRI (5)

Findings shed light on autoimmune role in thymus

Associate Professor Menno van Zelm
by Anne Crawford

It has been known for almost three decades that B cells exist in the thymus but their function there has been unclear. Associate Professor Menno van Zelm explored this neglected area and has arrived at world-first findings answering this riddle which may lead to a better understanding of the origin of autoimmune diseases.

Study to improve use of antibiotics in hospitals

L-R: Professor Anton Peleg and Dr Jason Trubiano.
Photo: Anne Crawford
by Anne Crawford

A study showing that antibiotics were the cause of nearly half the severe cutaneous drug reactions requiring hospital admission may lead to safeguards for the way antibiotics are prescribed.

Developing bionic visual prostheses

Monash Vision Group's vision prosthesis.
Australian researchers are undertaking world-class research towards the development of bionic visual prostheses. Teams based at Monash University and the University of Melbourne are developing direct-to-brain and retinal-based devices respectively, that elicit the perception of small spots of light called phosphenes. These phosphenes will then be assembled to produce a basic form of imagery akin to early computer games, albeit with the advantage of modern computer processing power to ensure they display only the most relevant details about the user's environment.

In this paper the authors review the latest advances in retinal and visual cortex stimulation and discusse the surgical and functional outcomes reported to date for retinal and cortical prostheses. They conclude with a brief discussion of advances in the field and an outlook for the future.
Reference: Lewis PM, Ayton LN, Guymer RH, Lowery AJ, Blamey PJ, Allen PJ, Luu CD, Rosenfeld JV. Advances in implantable bionic devices for blindness: a review. ANZ J Surg. 2016 Jun 14. doi: 10.1111/ans.13616. [Epub ahead of print]

Congratulations to Professor Anton Peleg for ASM award

Professor Anton Peleg with the award
Photo: Anne Crawford
Professor Anton Peleg has won the Australian Society of Microbiology’s bioMerieux ASM Identifying Resistance Award.

The award is given on the basis of career achievements in the field of the identification of bacterial resistance to antimicrobials in a clinical setting.

The award committee took into account the quality and originality of Professor Peleg’s published research and service to Australian microbiology in general.

Professor Peleg is an international expert in the field of hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance, and has been the recipient of many awards including the prestigious 2013 Commonwealth Ministers Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

He will receive his recent award at the ASM Conference in Perth on 3rd July. See more. 

Congratulations to Justin Hamilton & co-authors for selection of Plenary Paper

Congratulations to Dr Justin Hamilton and his co-authors on their recent publication for selection as the Plenary Paper in the latest edition of the journal Platelets. If you would like to share the reference, use the Platelet links:
Reference: Petitjean C, Setiabakti NM, Mountford JK, Arthur JF, Ellis S, Hamilton JR. (2016) Combined deficiency of PI3KC2α and PI3KC2β reveals a nonredundant role for PI3KC2α in regulating mouse platelet structure and thrombus stability. Platelets, 27:5, 402-409, DOI: 10.3109/09537104.2016.1145202

New: 'The Pulse', news from the MNHS Research Office

The Faculty's research office is now issuing "The Pulse," a newsletter for all MNHS researchers. Each edition will include useful information to help you access new funding opportunities, sign up for training and development opportunities, and keep up to date with other news. The Faculty Research Office will publish The Pulse every one or two weeks depending on what's happening around the Faculty. The first issue came out on 5 July. For more information, contact med-announce@monash.edu
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