7 Apr 2017

Photo of the week: Celebrate April Day of Immunology!

29 April 2016 Day of Immunology (DoI) at GTAC. Many schools participated in the day, where students get hands-on experience with lab techniques. Monash Central Clinical School PhD students were volunteer demonstrators. Mahtab Parvaresh (right) demonstrates correct technique for multi-channel pipetting.
This year's DoI program of activities is extensive, including: Immunology art exhibitions (kicked off 6 April), discovery tours, secondary school workshops, vaccination café and public lecture. From our Department of Immunology and Pathology the following people have volunteered their time to be a part of the organizing committee for these events: Dimitra Zotos, Jodie Abramovitch, Katharine Goodall, Maria Demaria and Angela Nguyen. Our generous volunteer demonstrators this year are PhD students Mahtab Parvaresh, Angela Nguyen and Timothy Gottschalk, and from Clayton, Dr Maria Demaria.

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What's on at CCS 10-14 April 2017

Dr Dimitra Zotos
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 10-14 April 2017

Mon 10/04/2017 12:30 Alfred Psychiatry Grand Round: Sudeep Saraf
Tue 11/04/2017 11:00ACBD scientific meeting: Perdita Cheshire & Andrew Spencer 
Wed 12/04/2017 11:30Immunology seminar: Marcus Robinson
Thur 13/04/2017

Immunology Cutting Edge journal club: Dimitra Zotos
Alfred Grand Round: Leo Chen
 Fri 14/04/2017 Day Easter Friday Public Holiday

CCS Publications update: 31 March – 7 April

Prof Harshal Nandurkar and some of his
group. He has two publications listed this
week, a review on IDDVT and
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), Anaethesia and Perioperative Medicine (APOM), Diabetes, Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRmed), Immunology and Pathology, Gastroenterology, Medicine, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC), Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Surgery.

5 Apr 2017

People with HIV face higher risk of fracture

ART is a contributing factor to loss of bone density in people with HIV,
but the reasons for it are not yet understood. Image: aidsinfo.nih.gov
by Anne Crawford

Contemporary antiretroviral therapy (ART) has transformed the lives of people living with HIV (PLWH) dramatically, with life expectancy near normal and their quality of life improved.

However, it has been known for some time that people with HIV are at greater risk of loss of bone density and fractures, with ART a contributing factor. Professor Jenny Hoy, Professor Director of HIV Medicine at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University, recently conducted a review of all available randomised trial data in which fractures were measured to evaluate the problem.

CCS student profile: Victoria Berquist

Victoria Berquist 
By Eliza Watson

Victoria Berquist has just begun her first year as an intern at Alfred Health. She studied undergraduate medicine at Monash University and in 2015, Victoria undertook a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) research year at the Central Clinical School for which she was awarded the Hatem Salem Award for Medical Research Student Excellence.

4 Apr 2017

$10,000 grant opportunity, due 28 April: Single Cell Genomics Grant Program

MHTP Medical Genomics Facility, in partnership with Fluidigm and Millennium science, are pleased to offer a $10,000 AUD Single Cell Genomics Grant Program.

This grant program will provide all the Fluidigm reagents and consumables to capture single cells using the Fluidigm C1 Single cell Autoprep system and perform targeted gene expression analysis of 96 gene targets in 96 samples using the Biomark HD system.

3 Apr 2017

Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser - your support wanted!

"Blood on the Road" fundraising cycling team:
L-R Huyen Tran, Jacqui Milne and Stephen Opat
“BLOOD ON THE ROAD”….. is riding again for the Leukaemia Foundation. Donate here

22 – 27 April 2017 in JAPAN (Stephen Opat, Huyen Tran, Jacqui Milnes)

Perspective: Is duct tape any good for treating warts?

On the evidence, duct tape is no better than placebo for
treating warts. Image: Thinkstock
Medical advice should be based on best evidence, the sifting of which is not simple.

Dr Michael Tam makes a critical appraisal of the evidence on whether duct tape is effective for treating warts. While duct tape is good for many sorts of tasks, Dr Tam concludes that it is no better than placebo for removing warts.
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