5 Aug 2016

Photo of the week: Welcome to our mid year Honours and graduate research students

Left: Recent graduate research intake: Ms Nazanin Karimnia, Mr Nikolce Kocovski, Mr Sudip Paul. Absent: Dr Joel Symons
Right: 2016-17 Midyear Honours students Mr Felix Lee, Ms Saffanah Zahra, Ms Paulina Pajak. Absent: Lorena Goldring
Welcome to our recently enrolled 2016-17 Midyear Honours students and graduate students! If you see them, say hello. They are:
Lorena Goldring
Joel Symons
  • Mr Felix Lee, BMedSc Honours (ACBD), supervised by Prof Rob Medcalf
  • Ms Saffanah Zahra, BMedSc Honours (ACBD), supervised by Prof Rob Medcalf
  • Ms Paulina Pajak, Honours (Baker IDI), supervised by A/Prof Julie McMullen
  • Ms Lorena Goldring, Honours (Immunology & Pathology), supervised by Prof David Tarlinton
  • Ms Nazanin Karimnia, PhD student (Baker IDI),  supervised by Prof Sam El-Osta
  • Mr Nikolce Kocovski, Masters student (Immunology & Pathology), supervised by Prof David Tarlinton
  • Mr Sudip Paul, PhD student (Baker IDI),  supervised by A/Prof Peter Meikle
  • Dr Joel Symons, PhD student (Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine), supervised by Prof Paul Myles
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Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Dr Anna Kalff is presenting on Tues 9 Aug
for her PhD mid-candidature review.
Image: ecancertv
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 next week 8-12 Aug 2016: 

Forthcoming events

MNHS Research Week: Innovation in Research 15-19 Aug 2016

MNHS Research Week: Innovation in Research

The Faculty is very pleased to announce MNHS Research Week being held 15-19 August 2016. An exciting series of FREE seminars and workshops are organised over the week, covering a range of topics for all researchers and graduate research students. Selected events are listed below. Click on the links below to register and keep watching our Research Week page for the latest updates.

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 5 Aug 2016

Dr Rosie Worsley is one of the authors on the
Raloxifene therapy for schizophrenia study
Recent publications (13) for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of ACBD, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, MAPrc, MSHC:

Abbott IJ, Jenney AW, Spelman DW, Pilcher DV, Sidjabat HE, Richardson LJ, Paterson DL, Peleg AY. Active surveillance for multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in the intensive care unit. Pathology. 2015 Oct;47(6):575-9. doi: 10.1097/PAT.0000000000000302

Beth SA, Jansen MA, Elfrink ME,  Kiefte-de Jong JC, Wolvius EB, Jaddoe VW, van Zelm MC, Moll HA. Generation R birth cohort study shows that specific enamel defects were not associated with elevated serum transglutaminase type 2 antibodies. Acta Paediatr. 2016 Jul 21. doi: 10.1111/apa.13533. [Epub ahead of print]

Blood clot study points to new drug target

Shauna French and Dr Justin Hamilton analysing results
by Anne Crawford

Arterial thrombosis – blood clot in an artery – can lead to several serious conditions including heart attack and stroke, and is the most common cause of death and disability in Australia. A Monash PhD student at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) has conducted research demonstrating a potential new solution to the clotting that causes the problem.

Existing drugs aiming to prevent arterial thrombosis by acting on the platelets that form blood clots have limitations in efficacy and/or safety, some causing excessive bleeding.

Asthma - not a respiratory disease?

Professor Bruce Thompson, Head of Physiology Services at
The Alfred, is trialling a new approach for asthma.
Exciting research, based around finding a cure for asthma, has led to some new thinking about the disease, which affects one in 10 Australians.

The Alfred’s Head of Physiology Services Professor Bruce Thompson will trial a new approach by treating asthma not as a respiratory disease, but as a rash. Part of the Centre for Research Excellence on Asthma, a national effort involving investigators around the country, Prof Thompson said the approach is to think differently.

“We’ll be using a commonly used antibiotic that has an anti-inflammatory property. We’ve nebulised the drug so it can be inhaled. No one has done this before.

Congratulations on RACS awards to Geraldine Ooi and James Lee!

Mr James Lee
Dr Geraldine Ooi
Congratulations to Dr Geraldine Ooi and Mr James Lee of CCS's Department of Surgery! They have won two highly sought after and very prestigious awards from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Foundation for Surgery. It is a great achievement by both of them and very encouraging for the future of surgery research and teaching.

28 Aug 2016 de Castella Run to Mend Minds: Run, Sponsor, Donate - it all helps!

MAPrc wants your involvement! Run, donate, join in with the de Castella Run for Mental Health 2015 (Sunday 30 August), in the following ways:
  1. Register as a runner
  2. Fundraise by creating a fundraising account
  3. Sponsor a runner
  4. Donate to MAPrc
Funds raised will go towards the mental health research at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc).Your efforts will help the team of clinicians, researchers and post graduate students to help mend minds as they conduct a series of high quality clinical research projects under the direct supervision of MAPrc Director, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni.

Perspective: St Vincent’s scandal: what’s the protocol for chemotherapy and are low doses less effective?

St Vincent’s scandal: what’s the protocol for chemotherapy and are low doses less effective?

Ian Haines posits in his 'The Conversation' essay that there is actually no existing evidence to show that a flat dose of 100mg of carboplatin provides inferior outcomes in chemotherapy.
Ian Haines is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, AMREP Department of Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne & Senior Medical Oncologist and Palliative Care Physician, Melbourne Oncology Group, Cabrini Haematology and Oncology Centre, Wattletree Road, Malvern, Monash University
Reference: theconversation.com/st-vincents-scandal-whats-the-protocol-for-chemotherapy-and-are-low-doses-less-effective-63445

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