14 Oct 2016

Photo of the Week: Mark Fitzgerald giving CCS's fifth annual public lecture

Professor Mark Fitzgerald gave Central Clinical School's 5th annual lecture, on innovative systems of trauma care. Mark has had a lifetime's experience as an emergency physician working in what's known as a 'decision-rich' environment, where decisions have to be made rapidly on the basis of often incomplete and certainly dynamic information. Mark heads the Alfred's trauma service and also the joint Alfred-Monash National Trauma Research Centre, and has developed software to assist with that process. Professor Robyn O'Hehir, CCS's Deputy Head of School, MCed the event. The video will be released soon on the CCSMonash youtube channel.

Forthcoming CCS events: 17-21 October 2016

Ya-Lan Ying, 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 17-21 Oct 2016

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 14 October 2016

Dr Be'eri Niego with Mr Felix Lee in Prof
Rob Mecalf's lab. See the recent research
on reducing thrombosis formation
Bumper list this issue of recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of ACBD, AIRmed, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, MAPrc, Medicine, Surgery, Obesity, Trauma. Read more »

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)

Gaspari T, Brdar M, Lee HW, Spizzo I, Hu Y, Widdop RE, Simpson RW, Dear AE. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist-mediated attenuation of cardiac fibrosis. Diab Vasc Dis Res. 2016 Jan;13(1):56-68. doi: 10.1177/1479164115605000. Epub 2015 Sep 25.

11 Oct 2016

Thinking outside the box pays dividends for research on obesity and immune function

Immune system function is impaired in obese mice.
by Anne Crawford

In 2010, the Department of Immunology at Monash University held a competition encouraging post-doctoral researchers to “think outside the square”, challenging them to design a project outside conventional thinking and their usual area of expertise. That competition, with a prize of $10,000, mushroomed into an NHMRC-funded project employing two post-doctoral researchers and two honours students. It culminated in 2016 with a paper reporting on the influence of obesity on allergic asthma – and some unexpected findings.

Researchers call for streamlined safety reporting

by Anne Crawford

The Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Alfred and Monash University conducts large, independent Phase IV clinical trials to test the efficacy and safety of commonly used drugs. These ‘investigator-instigated’ or ‘public good’ trials are pragmatic, low-cost and carried out independently of drug companies.

As part of the trials, researchers report adverse events (AEs) and serious adverse events (SAEs). But the department’s researchers say ever-increasing and complex requirements from sponsors and ethics committees to report AEs and SAEs are duplicating reporting, thereby burdening researchers and causing a decrease in the uptake of research.

Infectious Diseases inaugural course a runaway success!

Prof Jay Fishman speaking at the course
The Department of Infectious Diseases at AMREP has for the first time offered a course on infection in the immuno-compromised host.

The course was born of the infectious diseases physician-researchers' clinical experience of managing immuno-compromised patients, including those suffering from cancer, those who have had transplants, and those taking monoclonal therapies, and the need to incorporate the most recent research findings into patient management.

Capacity audience for the course
The course was endorsed by the Australian Society of Infectious Diseases. We'll be publishing further highlights and more detail about the course, as it's planned to be run again in 2018. This year's was fully subscribed with 200 attendees and a long wait list.

Congratulations to Mr Varun Sood on Vice-Chancellor’s Award

Congratulations to Mr Varun Sood on receiving the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff 2016! Well done Varun. 

Varun is Finance Manager including Financial Planning & Budgeting for AMREP, including both Central Clinical School and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Fundraising: Shiva Akbarzadeh is raising $$ for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

You can support Dr Shiva Akbarzadeh, Senior Research Fellow in our school working on synthetic skin to heal burn wounds, to raise money for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. She is going in a 10 km run this Sunday (16 October)!

See more and donate at:

Volunteers wanted for The Alfred Hospital at the races on 15 Oct, 30 Oct, 12 Nov

Mongolian Khan's 2015 BMW Caulfield Cup win. Racing.com
Enjoy a day at the Races  and help The Alfred Hospital by volunteering to help on any of the following dates. Volunteers wanted for the following 3 dates, especially 15 Oct.
  • BMW Caulfield Cup  - Saturday 15 October
  • Mornington Peninsula Cup – Sunday 30 October
  • Sandown Races - Saturday 12 November

Perspective: Trump-eting how good you are

Donald Trump: "Just the best" - really?
An axiom of communication is that people tend to take others at face value. If you say you're good, people will believe you, despite evidence to the contrary. If you say you're good twenty times over, they are even more likely to believe it.

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Check out the piece below (courtesy http://imgur.com/BYn8rVv).


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