22 Sept 2017

Photo of the week: 2017 AMREP Honours information evening

Dr Orla Morrissey, from the Infectious Disease Departmentwith one of the interested students at the AMREP Honours information evening. See:

What's on at CCS 25-29 Sept 2017

Dr Michael Cangkrama presents
Tues 26 Sept 1.30
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 25-29 September 2017

Mon 25/09/2017 09:30 BMedSc(Hons) oral presentations
Tue 26/09/2017 10:00 Department of Diabetes Student Journal Club
13:30 ACBD special seminar: Dr Michael Cangkrama
Wed 27/09/2017 14:00 Immunology Seminar: Jonathan McQualter
Thur 28/09/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Angela Nguyen
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Drs Adam Quinn & Matthew Lin

Recent CCS publications: 16-22 September 2017

L-R: Dr Jasmin Grigg and Professor Jayashri Kulkarni.
They are co-authors together with Raelene Tan on a
review article on BPD and polycystic ovary syndrome
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
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Surgery 

Pushing the boundaries of vaccine research

L-R: Dr Kirsty Wilson, Honours student Julie Tran and Professor Magdalena Plebanski
by Anne Crawford

In 2010 Professor Magdalena Plebanski observed something that didn’t make sense to her as an immunologist; a nanoparticle made of polystyrene exposed to the lungs of mice was rendering the animal resistant to developing asthma.

But why would it? she asked.

The inert polystyrene particle did not cause inflammation, was non-toxic, safe and protected the mouse against the disease in a similar way to a vaccine. Conventional immunology with its antigens, T cells and antigen-specific responses, didn’t explain it.

21 Sept 2017

Congratulations to inaugural Immunology Gala Poster Presentation winners!

The Department of Immunology and Pathology inaugural Gala Poster Presentation function was a great success, with 30 different group of students participating. The event was coordinated by Associate Professor Robyn Slattery in conjunction with Associate Professor Colin Jevons of the Department of Marketing, as the aim of the event was to not only feature the science, but encourage the students to communicate effectively about it.

L-R: Members of the winning group were Kelvin Lee, Rachael Price, Sarah Jackson and Rachelle Duffin. The prize was awarded for the best scientific poster as judged by five independent expert assessors.

See more about the department's research at:

18 Sept 2017

Medicine and the media: short course 25 Nov 2017

Medicine and the media
Copyright: idrutu / 123RF Stock Photo
Medicine and the media
Saturday 25 November 2017
9am - 4:30pm
553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Course fee:  $299 (incl GST)

In this one-day interactive course, participants from both academic and journalism backgrounds will work together to identify important barriers in communication of health research to the general public.
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