30 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: CCS 3MT heat participants

2017 Central Clinical School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) participants. L-R: Mr Nikolce Kocovski, Ms Emily King, Mr Matthew Snelson, Ms Mahtab Parvaresh, Mr Amlan Chakraborty, Ms Amy Wilson, Ms Jacqueline Riddiford and CCS postgraduate convenor Professor Rob Medcalf. See detail of their topics at www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/education/hdr-3mt-2017.html

Congratulations to Matthew Snelson, Department of Diabetes, who won both critical and popular votes with his presentation on the effects of dietary advanced glycation endproducts on gut homeostasis and chronic kidney disease. He will go on to compete in the Faculty finals 13 July 2017, 1.30 - 3.30 pm, S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk, Monash University, Clayton campus. RSVP here or watch via video link from Alfred Centre Level 5 Lecture Theatre. Good luck Matthew!

What's on at CCS 3-7 July 2017

Ms Lakshanie Wickramasinghe
is presenting Thu 6 July

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 3-7 July 2017

Tue 04/07/2017 10:00 Dept of Diabetes student journal club: Osanna Wong
Wed 05/07/2017 11:30 Immunology Seminar: Phil Darcy (Peter Mac)
Thur 06/07/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Lakshanie Wickramasinghe
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Dr Diana Moir & Prof Catriona McLean
Fri 07/07/2017 13:00 PhD Confirmation of candidature : Ms Katrina Woodford

Save the date

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Dr Claudia Nold

Doctor Claudia Nold
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.

Doctor Claudia Nold is a research group head for the Interventional Immunology in Neonatal Diseases group and also part of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - A/Prof Menno C. van Zelm

A/Prof Menno C van Zelm
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.

Associate Professor Menno C. van Zelm is the head of the B cell differentiation laboratory in the Department of Immunology at Monash.

Changing the way we treat diabetes and its complications: 19 October CCS public lecture

Professor Mark Cooper AO, Head of Diabetes
dept in CCS
, is giving a public lecture 19 Oct

Public lecture on Diabetes by Professor Mark Cooper AO, 19 October 2017

Since the discovery of insulin over 90 years ago and a number of oral tablets after the second world war there was very little change in the treatment of type 2 diabetes until the last decade.  In the last 10 years there have been dramatic improvements in the way we treat type 2 diabetes also known as maturity onset diabetes, a condition that has become arguably the largest worldwide epidemic as the world has industrialised with increasing obesity and reduced exercise.

See detail here or below. All welcome,  RSVP for catering.

Translational Research Young Investigator Poster Competition - Register by 3 July!

The TR Symposium is coming up soon!
The 3rd annual Monash University Translational Research (TR) Symposium will be held 31 July 2017. The event is hosted by the three Monash clinical schools and will showcase the diverse research from these schools.

A Young Investigator poster competition will be held, with a winning prize of $500. The competition is open to graduate student and early career researchers, who are within 5 years of completing their PhD. Entries close 3 July!

29 Jun 2017

CCS publications update: 30 June - 7 July 2017

Reducing the maternal dietary intake of
indigestible and slowly absorbed short-
chain carbohydrates is associated with
improved infantile colic. See study
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for pubs listing. Linked headings are to the departments' home pages.
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (APOM)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Surgery 

Monash study points to new blood test for cardiovascular risk

Dr Prahlad Ho presenting at ASH15
meeting. Image: @marrow
by Anne Crawford

It has long been a conundrum for clinicians and researchers pondering cardiovascular disease; a 90-year-old overweight man who has been smoking heavily all his life is admitted to hospital with an unrelated condition and is found to have a healthy heart while a fit 25-year-old athlete elsewhere inexplicably dies of a massive heart attack.

Now, scientists from the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University, Northern Health and the University of Melbourne are collaboratively evaluating a new blood test that could add to the surrogate measures currently used clinically as an assessment of cardiovascular risk. Currently no such blood test exists, they say.

Improved prostate cancer management vital for older men

Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet (right) with a patient
by Anne Crawford

Prostate cancer is the most frequent male cancer and the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia.

With an exponentially ageing population and lengthening life expectancy, the burden of this cancer – already a disease of older males – is going to be what Monash University Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet calls “massive”. The number of Australians aged 65 and over is expected to increase from around 2.5 million in 2002 to 6.2 million in 2042; from around 13 per cent of the population to 25 per cent.

26 Jun 2017

Participants sought: Health benefits of dietary fibre

Sri Lankan beef curry is on the study menu
Healthy volunteers are required for a study investigating the optimal increase in dietary fibre to improve bowel movement and gut bacteria. This study involves volunteers consuming nutritionally balanced diets that vary only in their dietary fibre content, over an entire period of 8 weeks. All cooked food will be supplied. Participants will be asked to purchase the fresh food component of the diet. All the diets have been designed and prepared by a fully qualified and experienced professional chef.

Participants sought: Can fibromyalgia be reduced by brain stimulation?

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at the Alfred Hospital is currently seeking volunteers for a clinical trial of a non-medication investigational treatment for fibromyalgia.

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. We are conducting this study to see whether we can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

To be involved, participants must be aged between 18 and 75 years and have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Participation will involve attending the Alfred for an initial 2 week period of daily (Monday-Friday) treatments followed by a 2 week period of 3 treatments per week. Each treatment appointment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Enquiries & further information

Contact: Ms Laura Knox
Email: laura.knox@monash.edu
Phone: (03) 9076 9896
Study detail: ccs-clin-trials.med.monash.edu.au/trials/double-blind-randomised-sham-controlled-trial-prefrontal-theta-burst-stimulation-fibromyalgia
Web: www.maprc.org.au/dr-bernadette-fitzgibbon

25 Jun 2017

PEACE: A cantata for John Monash: 9 Sep 2017

Let there be peace! the clarion call of Melbourne’s most famous son, John Monash, opens a new massed choral work premiering in Hamer Hall on September 9. Composed by David Kram and Poet Kevin O’Flaherty, PEACE is the first musical work to tell the story of the great man’s life. 

For more information about PEACE and John Monash, visit More than Opera’s website: www.morethanopera.com,
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