24 Feb 2017

Photo of the week: CCS's 2017 Honours students

Welcome to Central Clinical School's new cohort of 26 Immunology and Human Pathology Honours students, including one from Western Australia! We will be updating the current Honours web page shortly with the official group photo. This informal snap shows the two Honours coordinators, A/Prof Margaret Hibbs and Dr Justin Hamilton, flanking the group. 

What's on at CCS 27 Feb - 3 Mar 2017

The 2017 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) orientation is
happening Weds 1 March 2017. Welcome to our new students!
Central Clinical School has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted 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 CCS 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 at CCS 27 Feb - 3 Mar 2017

Tue 28/02/2017 12:00 PhD Confirmation of Candidature  seminar: Mr Paul Gill
13:30 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards: information session
Wed 01/03/2017 10:00 CCS - BMedSc(Hons) Orientation
10:30 PhD Mid-candidature review Seminar: Ms Elizabeth Thomas
11:30 Immunology Seminar: Colby Zaph
Thur 02/03/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Marcus Robinson
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Joe Doyle

Forthcoming events

CCS Publications update 17-24 Feb 2017

Dr Justin Hamilton  (ACBD) presenting at a
2015 symposium. He is a co-author on two
papers published this week.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), Diabetes, Infectious Diseases and Medicine.

Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
Carmichael CL, Haigh JJ. The Snail Family in Normal and Malignant Haematopoiesis. Cells Tissues Organs. 2017;203(2):82-98. doi: 10.1159/000448655. Epub 2017 Feb 20.

22 Feb 2017

Reversing damage caused by diabetes complications

L-R: Prof Karin Jandeleit-Dahm, Dr Stephen Gray and
Dr Jay Jha are researching inhibition of enzymes known
to cause kidney injury in diabetes. See
Diabetologia paper.
Life Scientist
By Eliza Watson

Diabetes affects around 1.7 million Australians. Sufferers with the disease are unable to control blood glucose levels either through failure to produce insulin (Type 1) or resistance of cells to insulin (Type 2). It can have a range of serious complications affecting the major arteries (macrovascular diseases) potentially leading to stroke, as well as causing kidney disease, nerve damage and loss of vision (microvascular diseases). The seriousness of these complications highlights the need for effective preventive measures.

In a collaborative study involving several Monash University researchers, a potential treatment was assessed and found to successfully reduce some of these complications.

Gastric band surgery helpful for overweight diabetic patients

Prof Wendy Brown and her team perform
a gastric banding procedure
by Anne Crawford

A long-term study by Monash University researchers – the first of its kind – has found that gastric band surgery has significant benefits for moderately overweight people with type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have focused on obese people.

The five-year study by Monash’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), found that gastric or Lap-band surgery improved the patients’ chances of diabetes remission, reduced the need for diabetes medication and dramatically enhanced their quality of life.

National Diabetes Strategy critiqued by Prof Paul Zimmet

Professor Paul Zimmet critiques the National Diabetes Strategy.
Video: 1:05 mins
Professor Paul Zimmet was on the National Diabetes Strategy Advisory Group (NDSAG), which made recommendations for the Commonwealth government's National Diabetes Strategy (NDS), published in November 2015.

Substantial NDSAG advice including rationale and key recommendations were omitted. Prof Zimmet published a letter in the Medical Journal of Australia (20 Feb 2017) agreeing with Jane Speight, a critic of the plan, that its rollout will be fragmented and delayed, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

21 Feb 2017

Congratulations to Anmar Khan on the award of his PhD!

Congratulations to Mr Anmar Khan for the successful completion and award of his PhD! Anmar's topic is "Analysis of the plasma and HDL lipidomes in Metabolic Syndrome patients following weight loss and weight loss plus exercise treatments", and he was supervised by Associate Professor Peter Meikle and Professor Bronwyn Kingwell, both of the Baker Institute.

Welcome to Eliza Watson, Student Services communications support

A big thank you! to Eliza Watson (pictured) who has interned with Julia Veitch, the Central Clinical School's communications manager. This week marks the end of Eliza's time as a communications intern with CCS. Many of you would know Eliza personally, especially PhD students whom she has interviewed for their stories.

We are happy to announce that from next week Eliza is being welcomed on in a new part time (6 hrs/week) role as the Student Services communications officer. She will be working with Sharmila Ramesh, Student Services Officer, and Dr Steven Petratos, Education lead for CCS.

Eliza has thoroughly enjoyed her time during the internship and is looking forward to applying the various skills she has learnt to her new role in the school. She will be helping out with communications, updates of Education web pages and events for the many CCS students. She will be working for CCS on Mondays, and can be contacted at her email, Eliza.Watson@monash.edu
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