16 Feb 2018

Photo of the week: Honours cohort

2017's CCS Honours students. We are welcoming a large cohort of Honours students this year (50!), on Thursday 22 February, and will publish a group photo to https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/education/current-students/current-honours.

What's on at CCS 19-23 Feb 2018

Shara Ket presents Mon 19 Feb
PhD mid-candidature review
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 19-23 Feb 2018

Recent CCS publications: 23 - 30 January 2018

A/Prof Kate Hoy (left) with a colleague and research participant.
Kate is first author on a study using tACS and tDCS to  investigate
the pathophysiology of working memory impairment in schizophrenia.
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)
  •  Diabetes
  •  Immunology and Pathology
  •  Infectious Diseases
  •  Medicine
  •  Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  •  National Trauma Research Institute,
  •  Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  •  Neuroscience
  •  Surgery

Putting mindfulness to the test

Theta connectivity averaged across
conditions. Image: Neil Bailey
by Anne Crawford

Mindfulness meditation with its images of people sitting cross-legged and closed-eyed was once thought of as being almost mystical, but scientific studies are revealing very tangible benefits to those practising it and observable changes in the brain.

The practice has been shown to be effective for preventing the relapse of depression and for other mental illnesses such as anxiety, for relieving stress and helping with chronic pain. People who use it show improved attention.

But the cause of these changes is unclear and under-researched. Now, a Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) study is set to look for the mechanism that leads to the practice’s positive effects.
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