2 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: Plebanski research group

Professor Magdalena Plebanski's research group 2017. L-R Dr Kirsty Wilson, Professor Magdalena Plebanski, Dr Nirmala Kampan, Dr Jennifer Boer, Mr Amlan Chakraborty, Mr Liam Powles, Ms Julie Tran. Absent: Mr Peter Tsirikis, Ms Amy Wilson, Ms Laura Moffitt.

What's on at CCS 5-9 June 2017

Mr Dominik Draxler
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.
CCS staff and 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

See CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on at CCS 5-9 June 2017

Mon 05/06/2017 12:30 Alfred Psychiatry Grand Round Presentation: Dr Leo Chen
Tue 06/06/2017 11:00 PhD Pre-submission Seminar: Mr Dominik Draxler

14:00 PhD Confirmation of candidature Seminar: Mr Iain Abbott
16:00 Department of Diabetes Student Journal Club
Wed 07/06/2017 11:30 Immunology Seminar: Stephanie Gras
Thur 08/06/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Liam Powles
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Dr Mark Voskoboinik 

CCS Publications update: 29 May - 2 June 2017

Meta-analysis of mindfulness as 'third
wave' therapy for psychosis recovery.
See article
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine; Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRmed), Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Immunology and Pathology, Infectious Diseases, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Surgery.

New blood test potential game-changer for myeloma patients

Andrew Spencer MM patient
MM is an incurable blood cancer
characterised by multifocal tumour
deposits throughout the bone marrow.
Patient image provided by Prof Andrew
by Anne Crawford

Painful and invasive bone marrow biopsies performed on Multiple Myeloma (MM) patients to diagnose and analyse their cancer may become a thing of the past, replaced by a new liquid biopsy technique being developed by Alfred Health-Monash University researchers.

The technique, being pioneered by the Myeloma Research Group (MRG) at Monash’s Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), at the Alfred Hospital, tests plasma for DNA and RNA circulating in the bloodstream to detect and analyse MM mutations.

Protocol for severe asthma gains scientific tick

Severe asthma can necessitate hospitalization.
Monash-Alfred researchers have tested an improved
protocol. Image:
by Anne Crawford

A Monash University study evaluating approaches to treating the most challenging asthma patients has tested and confirmed a protocol that enhances asthma outcomes and improves quality of life. Its authors hope the protocol may act as a benchmark approach for treatment elsewhere.

The study, by researchers in The Alfred Hospital and CCS’s Department of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Respiratory medicine (AIRmed) and others, sought to scientifically evaluate the structured approach to the management of ‘difficult asthma’ being used at AIRmed’s Difficult Asthma Clinic. Difficult asthma refers to the patients whose symptoms are so severe that even respiratory specialists find them hard to manage. At worst, it can be life-threatening.

29 May 2017

Google map data to locate best hospitals for patients with stroke

Co-authors on the study, A/Prof Richard Beare
and Prof Velandai Srikanth (right). The study shows
how real time Google map data expedites transfer
of stroke patients for best hospital treatment.
A world-first study at Monash University has used Google map data to locate the hospitals to which patients with stroke should be transported for urgent and highly specialised treatment.

While stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, recent major advances in acute stroke management, such as endovascular clot retrieval (ECR), are bringing optimism to patients, their families and stroke clinicians.

28 May 2017

New Tel Aviv-Monash research centre for metabolic disorders

L-R: Professor Paul Zimmet (Monash); Dr Ronni Gamzu (CEO, Tel Aviv
Medical Center); Mr Sami Sagol (philanthropist); Professor Naftali Stern
(Director of Endocrinology, Tel Aviv Medical Center)
A major research collaboration between the new Department of Diabetes at Monash University and the newly established Sagol Center for Epigenetics of Metabolism and Aging at Tel Aviv Medical Center was announced in Israel on 26 May 2017. This generous initiative was made possible by the Sagol family.

The Center is part of a network of research centres established in academic and medical centres by the Sagol family, focusing on the advancement of research on longevity and quality of life.

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Professor Paul Myles

Professor Paul Myles
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Paul Myles, Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine in CCS and Alfred Health will be presenting at the event. Professor Myles has just been awarded Clinical Trial of the Year for his work on coronary artery surgery.

Are you fit and forty+? Healthy volunteers wanted for research study!

Healthy control participants are sought for
MAPrc's ultra-runner research study.
Healthy male and female volunteers aged between 40-55 years are sought for a research study being conducted at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc).

This study is looking at the cognitive, psychological and physiological attributes of ultra-runners compared to the general population. If you are healthy but not ultra-fit and would like to participate, we would love to hear from you!
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