1 Sept 2017

Photo and Tweet of the week: 2017 Diabetes Department launch

Professor Paul Zimmet AO giving a tour of the cutting edge diabetes translational research laboratory to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, Julia Banks MP and donor families of the Meydans and Jreissatis #diabetes #ccsdiabetes. See more:

What's on at CCS 4-8 September 2017

Mr Andrej Terzic is presenting
on 5 Sep 2017
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 4-8 September 2017

AMREP EMCR retreat 26-27 October: Registrations close 29 Sep 2017

Professor Robin Bell at a previous AMREP EMCR retreat
The AMREP EMCR committee invites AMREP based Early and Mid Career Researchers (EMCRs) including PhD students, to the biennial AMREP EMCR retreat which will be held 26-27 October 2017 at CountryPlace in Kalorama in the Dandenongs.

Registration link

Find out more about our event below or at our website: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/ecr/retreat.html

The forgotten male cancers: 2 Nov Public Lecture by Professor T. Clark Gamblin

Professor T.Clark Gamblin, visiting Fulbright Scholar, is giving
a public lecture 2 Nov 2017 at the Alfred Medical Research and
Education (AMREP) centre. RSVP here for catering purposes
You are invited to a public lecture by an internationally renowned surgeon, Professor T. Clark Gamblin, on the forgotten but lethal male cancers, including those of the pancreas, liver and oesophagus.

  • Date: Thursday, 2 November 2017
  • Time: 5.30 pm drinks and canapes for 6.00 pm start. Lecture followed by Q&A session.
  • Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, adjacent to the Baker Institute at 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004, 200 metres east of the main Alfred Hospital entrance. See map.
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: CLICK HERE. Please RSVP by Monday 30 October 2017 for catering purposes
  • Enquiries: Jacki.Sievers@monash.edu ph +61 3 9903 0190 or Daphne.Vogiagis@monash.edu ph +61 3 9903 30611

Recent CCS publications: 25 Aug - 1 Sep 2017

Five members of Jody Haigh's group are on the recent publication
investigating T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for complete publications list. Linked headings for each section are to the departments' home pages.
  • Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Medicine
  • Surgery 

Bacterial resistance raises doubts about pneumonia antibiotic use

Professor Allen Cheng is an infectious diseases physician
at the Alfred

by Anne Crawford

Monash University scientists reviewing an antibiotic commonly used to treat pneumonia have concluded that it may no longer be reliable as a monotherapy for serious infections due to bacterial resistance.

Macrolide antibiotics, which include erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin, are an important class of antimicrobials for pneumococcal diseases.

However, a report by Professor Allen Cheng from the Department of Infectious Diseases, and Senior Adjunct lecturer Dr Adam Jenney found that macrolide,  most commonly used in combination with effective antibiotics such as penicillin or cephalosporins, may not be reliable as monotherapy for serious pneumococcal disease.

Studies show emotion plays role in chronic low back pain

Sin-Ki Ng is a PhD student at the
Monash Alfred Psychiatry research

by Anne Crawford

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a debilitating disease, adversely affecting quality of life and wellbeing, potentially leading to depression, long-term disability, time off work due to pain and reduced productivity. Yet its underlying mechanisms remain unclear.

Now a review of available data by Central Clinical School PhD student Sin-Ki Ng and others at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) suggests that emotional and cognitive processes may be the core contributor to it.

31 Aug 2017

The Longevity List - answering the big questions about living a healthy, long life

Prof Merlin Thomas's new book, "The Longevity List"
“Modern life is slowly killing us. It’s ruining our chances at a hundred and beyond. We have to do something. But what should be on our longevity list when the health revolution comes?”

Merlin Thomas MBChB, PhD, FRACP is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Diabetes at Monash University, Melbourne. Professor Thomas is both a physician and internationally recognised clinician-scientist working in the field of diabetic complications, but he has a broader interest in all aspects of preventive medicine and ageing.

His new book, “The Longevity List”, looks at each question on the ‘longevity list” further analysing why the list has become a health priority, and giving his scientifically backed verdict on what merit each question has.

John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship awarded to Prof Wendy Brown

Professor Wendy Brown has a busy surgical
schedule in addition to her research, teaching
and mentoring roles
Congratulations to Professor Wendy Brown, Chair of the Monash University Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, who has just been awarded the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship!  Her work on the treatment of obesity in the public health system has been recognized by RACS in this award, valued at $150,000.

Professor Brown, a General Surgeon specialising in oesophago-gastric cancer, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and bariatric surgery, is the first woman to have been awarded the honour in a long list of awardees dating back to 1977 when the Fellowship was first established.

Professor Paul Myles receives Excellence in Research award

Professor Paul Myles
Congratulations to Professor Paul Myles, who has been awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)! Professor Myles will be presented with the award at the ASA annual meeting in Boston in October. It's the most prestigious award internationally in his specialty, and he is the first Australian to have received it.

Professor Myles is Director, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Alfred Hospital and Monash University.

See detail of the society, the award and Professor Myles' achievements: http://anesthesiology.pubs.asahq.org/article.aspx?articleid=2647592&resultClick=3

28 Aug 2017

CCS Masters student profile: Nikolce Kocovski

Nikolce Kocovski at the 2017 CCS 3MT heats.
by Matt Jane

Nikolce Kocovski is a Masters student in the Department of Immunology and Pathology supervised by Professor David Tarlinton. Nikolce completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and his Honours degree at Melbourne University.

Nikolce has also worked as both a Research Assistant and Research Technician at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
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