17 Mar 2017

Photo of the week: 2017 Bachelor of Medical Science Honours students

Meet 2017's Central Clinical School BMedSc Honours students! Please make them feel welcome.
L-R front row: Zelia Chiu, Tiffany Tie, Louisa Thong, Stevi Harman, Donna Almira, Jacinta Cheng.
L-R back row: Prof Karin Jandeleit-Dahm (BMedSc Honours Co-Coordinator), Stephanie Naidu, Rachel Morley, Thomas Shiels, Darcy Tupper-Creed, Ned Latham, Kisha Wijesinghe, Lewis Ronan, Patrick Maclean, Chloe Durukan, Joshua Kontrobarsky, Michayla Doherty, Prof Merlin Thomas (BMedSc Honours Co-Coordinator). Absent: Anna Mitchell.
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What's on at CCS for 20-24 March 2017

Bee Mitchell-
Central Clinical School (CCS) 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 for 20-24 March 2017

Mon 20/03/2017 12:30 Inaugural Alfred Psychiatry Ground Round for 2017: Bee Mitchell-Dawson
Tue 21/03/2017 11:00 ACBD seminar: A/Prof Chen Davidovich
Wed 22/03/2017 09:00 Immunology Seminar: Ilia Voskoboinik (Peter Mac)
Thu 23/03/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Craig McKenzie
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: TBA

CCS Publications update: 11-17 March 2017

Prof Robyn O'Hehir et al's recent
article on grass allergen peptides
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Anaesthesia, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases(ACBD), Gastroenterology, Immunology and Pathology, Infectious Diseases, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) and Surgery.

Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory medicine

Abramovitch JB, Lopata AL, O'Hehir RE, Rolland JM. Effect of thermal processing on T cell reactivity of shellfish allergens - Discordance with IgE reactivity. PLoS One. 2017 Mar 8;12(3):e0173549. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173549. eCollection 2017.

Improving pain control after surgery

Example of a Visual Analog Scale (VAS) to measure pain intensity
by Anne Crawford

Pain is a subjective and emotional experience that can vary widely between individuals, but being able to measure it effectively is important for clinicians gauging the level of comfort of their patients and for researchers investigating it.

A study conducted by Monash University and Alfred Hospital researchers has led to the development of a simple yet effective measurement technique to help manage pain control and reduction after surgery and trauma.

Review shines light on eye movement research

Jessica Myles, first author on the study
on eye movement and schizotypy
by Anne Crawford

When 2014 Honours year student Jessica Myles (pictured) started a review of the literature about eye movements and schizotypy in 2014 she had little idea that the project would take her two years and would mean trawling through more than 900 abstracts and articles. “It was a behemoth!” she joked.

Ms Myles’ 22-page paper appeared in the journal ‘Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews’ last month. Overseen by Dr Caroline Gurvich and Adjunct Associate Professor Susan Rossell at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), the systematic review identified, collated and appraised eye movement studies involving behavioural, neuroimaging and genetic data in individuals with high schizotypy and first-degree relatives of schizophrenia patients, published between 1980 and September 2016.

16 Mar 2017

Fulbright women in STEM: Mary Ajamian, Gastroenterology

Mary Ajamian (pictured) recently completed a Fulbright fellowship in Central Clinical School's Department of Gastroenterology. She enjoyed the experience so much that she is returning to us as a PhD student - welcome Mary!

See her Fulbright Women in STEM story, and her latest research listed in PubMed, on inflammatory markers in Lyme disease and in a different patient population, those reporting sensitivity to wheat.

Media mention: Alzheimer's trial using TMS

A/Prof Kate Hoy
Articles on A/Prof Kate Hoy's clinical trial treating cognitive symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

16 Mar 2017 Channel 9 https://www.9now.com.au/today/2017/clip-cj0bte7av00bu0gloc3ow3nq4

15 Mar 2017 SMH, Age http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/brain-stimulation-for-alzheimers-disease-patients-shows-promise-20170313-guwz2p.html

14 Mar 2017 Herald Sun  http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/magnets-to-manipulate-brain-activity-latest-therapy-to-improve-early-symptoms-of-alzheimers-disease/news-story/75530cd8939c742371c2c9d2cf447dfe

15 Mar 2017

Perspective: When free market ideology and medical safety regulations collide

The US Presidential election always causes a ripple effect around the globe, so it will be no surprise when Trump’s backwash eventually works its way into our GP consulting room.

His nominee for head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Dr Scott Gottlieb] is likely to result in an eventual flow-on effect, reducing the average effectiveness and safety of drugs we prescribe.
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