11 Aug 2017

Photo of the week: Alfred air ambulance arrival and trauma reception

Alfred Emergency Department staff receiving a trauma patient from the air ambulance. Professor Mark Fitzgerald, 3rd from left, is Director of the National Trauma Research Institute and of Trauma Services at The Alfred . See more:

What's on at CCS 14-18 August 2017

Sung Wook Chung is
presenting Thu 17 Aug
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 14-18 August 2017

Mon 14/08/2017 12:30 Alfred Psychiatry Grand Round Presentation
Tue 15/08/2017 10:00 Department of Diabetes Student Journal Club
10:00 Shut up and Write for HDR students and EMCRs from the AMREP precinct
11:00 PhD Mid-candidature review seminar: Mr Shaun Fleming 
11:30 PhD Mid-candidature review seminar: Mr Mina Takawy
Wed 16/08/2017 11:30 PhD Pre-submission seminar: Ms Jessica Anania
Thur 17/08/2017 10:30 PhD Pre-submission Seminar: Mr Sung Wook Chung
11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Nik Kocovski
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: The incidental adrenal mass
14:00 Shut up and Write for HDR students and EMCRs from the AMREP precinct

CCS publications update: 5 -11 August 2017

L-R: Dr Jasmin Grigg and
Dr Rosie Worsley, two of
the authors on a paper on
raloxifene for schizophrenia 
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.
  • Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Medicine
  • Surgery 

Stem cell therapy for chronic asthma

Lead researchers Dr Simon Royce and
Associate Professor Chrishan Samuel.
by Anne Crawford

A Monash University study co-led by the Central Clinical School’s Dr Simon Royce, which demonstrates that a new therapy developed through stem cell technology holds promise as a treatment for chronic asthma, has garnered considerable attention.

Monash scientists provided the experimental expertise to test Cynata Therapeutics' induced pluripotent stem cell-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in a model of experimental asthma.

10 Aug 2017

Closing in on an optimal molecule for kidney injury

A designer molecule goes exactly where
it is needed for protection against kidney
injury during transplantation.
by Anne Crawford

Kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is common during transplantation, leading to compromised function in the kidney and increasing the chance of rejection of the new organ.

Now scientists in the Vascular Biology Group, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, have refined a designer molecule that offers protection against IRI in research that may have translational significance to transplantation.

Why researching antioxidants matters

A/Prof Judy de Haan has won a five-year
Baker Institute fellowship
An interview with Associate Professor Judy de Haan

by Anne Crawford

Dietary antioxidants have captured the popular imagination as being necessary for good health but their benefit in fighting disease is still uncertain. Associate Professor Judy de Haan has devoted her career to studying the oxidative stress that antioxidants counter and says the answers are more complex than vitamins. 

Associate Professor de Haan, who heads the Oxidative Stress Laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and holds an Honorary position at CCS, was recently awarded a five-year Baker Fellowship. She brings us up-to-date with the lab’s investigations and future research directions the Fellowship will support.

2017 Dean's Awards for Excellence: Congratulations to Dr Eric Chow!

Dr Eric Chow receiving the 2017 Dean's
Award for Research Excellence (Early
Career) from Professor Christina Mitchell
Congratulations to Dr Eric Chow who has won the 2017 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (Early Career)!

Dr Chow completed his PhD at UNSW in 2014 and joined the Central Clinical School and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre as a postdoctoral research fellow.

His research mainly focuses on gonorrhoea and human papillomavirus with a wide range of aspects including clinical practice management, sexual health programs evaluation, and understanding the epidemic and related risk behaviours among high-risk populations. These research topics are of high public health relevance and important for policy decision and clinical management. Dr Chow has more than 80 publications since he joined CCS/MSHC.

CCS PhD student profile: Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson at the 2017 CCS 3MT heat. She was runner up.
by Matt Jane

Amy Wilson is a PhD student in the Department of Immunology and Pathology supervised by Professor Magdalena Plebanski. Amy completed a Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience) at Monash University. Amy has also completed an Honours degree looking at ovarian cancer biomarkers at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

9 Aug 2017

2017 AMREP EMCR Best Paper Awards: applications closing soon!

There is only one month to go until applications close for the 2017 Awards! AMREP EMCRs are encouraged to apply soon to avoid disappointments. Details
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