26 Aug 2016

Photo of the week: Trauma care at the Alfred

Professor Mark Fitzgerald and a team of trauma medical staff talking with a patient during ward rounds.
Prof Mark Fitzgerald is Director of both the Alfred Trauma Service and the National Trauma Research Centre. Mark will be giving CCS's public lecture on 12 October on innovative systems of trauma care. The Victorian State Trauma System has halved the odds of dying after serious injury since its inception in 2001! [Ref] All welcome. See more:

Forthcoming CCS events 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2016: Seminars, public events, general notices

Pin Shie Quah
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 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2016:

Wed 31/08/2016 11:30 PhD pre-submission seminar : Ms Pin Shie Quah
Thu 01/09/2016 11:30 PhD Confirmation Seminar : Mr Xianwei Che

01/09/2016 12:00

Forthcoming events


Short course: 25-28 Oct 2016 Introduction to Clinical Trials

Introduction to Clinical Trials short course in progress at CCS
Central Clinical School's Introduction to Clinical Trials short course will consist of formal lectures, small group discussions and workshops. The course aims to develop fundamental knowledge in clinical trial study design and co-ordination.

It will provide specific instruction in developing a clinical research question and creating a concise protocol that includes literature review, study design, subject sampling and recruitment, instruments and other measurement approaches, sample size, consent form, budget and timetable.

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 26 Aug 2016

L-R: Adj A/Prof Elizabeth Gardiner and
A/Prof Robert Andrews
Recent publications (10) for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of ACBD, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, MAPrc, MSHC, Neurosciences:

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases

Berndt MC, Andrews RK. Liver-mediated shedding of platelet GPVI. Blood. 2016 Aug 11;128(6):751-2. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-07-723973.

Program transforms pre-surgery weight loss care

by Anne Crawford

An educational program developed by Monash University and Alfred Hospital researchers to better prepare patients for bariatric (weight loss) surgery is revolutionising their care, streamlining its delivery and leading to improved weight loss after surgery.

The program was based on a study overseen by Professor Wendy Brown, director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), and Associate Professor Peter Nottle, director of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Alfred Hospital.

Congratulations to Gastroenterology for NHMRC '10 of the best' 2015

The National Health and Medical Research Council has announced its pick for 2015 research in its "Ten of the Best".
Congratulations to Peter Gibson and his team for their research on the actual effect of gluten in IBS being chosen as one of the ten. The document quotes Prof Gibson as saying:
“We demonstrated that gluten, without FODMAPs, did not specifically induce symptoms in patients who believed they were gluten intolerant.
“Indeed, all patients experienced reduced gut symptoms in the run-in period when they, for the first time, restricted all FODMAPs in their diet.
“We found no changes in the physiology of the gut in response to gluten.”

Congratulations to Robert Gillies for being one of 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World

Robert Gillies, Year 5 medical student
Congratulations to Robert Gillies for being one of 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World!
Robert Gillies is a Year 5 Monash Medical student and has officially been voted as one of the JCI 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World. He is the only awardee from Australia! The awards will be made on 3 November 2016.

You can read about Robbie and the other recipients at: http://www.jci.cc/news/2129/Announcing+the+2016+JCI+TOYP+Honorees or see excerpt below.

Media mentions

The Age 17 August 2016 on why public
funding should be made available for bari-
atric surgery for overweight patients,  quoting
Prof Wendy Brown, Department of Surgery
24/08/2016 Kit Fairley on reducing oral gonorrhea bacteria count with antiseptic mouthwash. Many media mentions, e.g. http://www.teenvogue.com/story/mouthwash-kills-gonorrhea-std-cure-study

Opportunities: grants, fellowships etc via Faculty Research Office

Position vacant: PA to Peninsula Health Professor of Medicine

The PA role supporting Srikanth at Frankston Hospital is now advertised on the Peninsula Health website. Applications close 11 September 2016.
Link to job description:

Perspective: Higher education is key to economic development (but it's not as simple as you think)

Authors of a recent research study argue that we need to look at geography, skills and local companies to accelerate development. Higher education is key to economic development, but the way the two relate is complex, say the researchers.

“Of course investing in education leads to improved incomes, but that’s just too simple a model to account for real development in the real world,” said Dr. Simon McGrath, Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Nottingham and one of the authors of the study, which is published in the International Journal of Educational Development.

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