16 Mar 2018

Photo of the week: Welcome to 2018 CCS graduate research students

Welcome to our newly enrolled graduate research students!
Front row: Rebecca Pang, Robert Cooper, Dijina Swaroop, Hattapark Dejakaisaya, Rizky Abi Rachmadi (BMedSc(Hons)), Nadya Anindita (BMedSc(Hons)), Akshita Rana.
2nd row: Anisha Ansari, Magelage Perera, Charithani Bhagya Keragala, Flavia Medeiros Gomes, Rebecca Smith, Natasha Janko, Ignatius Pradipta (BMedSc(Hons)), Ryan Wortman, Professor Rob Medcalf (Postgraduate student coordinator)
3rd row: Daniel So, Anna Willard, Feng Yan, Chloe Durugan.
Back row: Bradley Gardiner, Emma Foster, Robb Wesselingh, Joshua Laing, Paige Folette, Carolyn Breadon, Justin Cole, Rishabh Sharma
Information for current students is listed at: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/education/current-students/hdr-students

What's on at CCS 19-23 Mar 2018

Paul Gill is presenting 19 March
for his PhD mid-candidature

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:  https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/headlines/events-calendar

What's on at CCS 19-23 Mar 2018

Mon 19/03/2018 12:30 PhD Mid-Candidature Milestone: Paul Gill
Tue 20/03/2018 11:00 PhD Mid-Candidature Milestone: Steven Ngo
13:00 PhD Pre-Submission Milestone: Benedict Costello 
14:30 PhD Confirmation Milestone: Gerard Pernes
Wed 21/03/2018 11:30 PhD Mid-Candidature Milestone: Amy Wilson
Thur 22/03/2018 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Katharine Goodall
12:00 Alfred Grand Rounds: Medical and Surgical Treatment of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
Fri 23/03/2018 09:30 GSK Discovery Fast Track - Australian program
    11:30 PhD Confirmation Milestone - Mr Muthukumar Mohan

Bionic limbs and osseointegration forum at the Alfred - all welcome

The Alfred-Monash forum on bionic limbs and osseointegration
is being held 3 pm Friday 27 April. All welcome, RSVP.
Mr Frank Bruscino-Raiola, Director and Head of Plastic Surgery at Alfred Health, and Mr Steven Gray, Director of Osseointegration (OI) & TMR Surgical and REHAB programme invite you to attend a forum at the AMREP Lecture Theatre

Osseointegration and Bionic Limb Integrated to Bone, Nerves and Muscles

Date: Friday 27 April 2018
Time: 2.30pm arrival/tea for 3.00pm start, followed by refreshments 4.30pm
Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre, 75-85 Commercial Road, (between the Baker & Burnet Institutes), Melbourne 3004
RSVP for catering purposes: goo.gl/AVYu1k
Enquiries:  Mr Steven Gray, sjgray@alfred.org.au

GSK Discovery Fast Track - Australian program at AMREP - all welcome

GSK Fast Track information session being
held at AMREP Fri 23 March. Image: GSK
Through their Discovery Fast Track: Australian Challenge, GSK is seeking to partner with researchers who have a clear therapeutic hypothesis, a defined target and/or pathway, or enabling expertise to collaborate with GSK to screen the researcher’s target/pathway against the GSK compound collections with the potential to deliver therapeutic benefits to patients with unmet medical need. Register here

You will hear about GSK's Australian program, and have an opportunity to ask questions. There will also be time for some more informal networking over morning tea.

Recent CCS publications: 9-15 March 2018

Professor Paul Zimmet, his wife Vivien, Professor Alex Brown
(SAHMRI) and Her Excellency Jennie Dee, new Australian High
Commissioner to Mauritius (Monash alumna). Paul's most
recently published research
is on the association between type 2
diabetes and disability in Mauritius.
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
  •  Gastroenterology
  •  Immunology and Pathology
  •  Infectious Diseases
  •  Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  •  Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  •  Neuroscience
  • Surgery

15 Mar 2018

Monash researchers show drug may prevent diabetes-induced vision loss

Dr Devi Deliyanti and Professor Jenny
Wilkinson-Berka are first and last authors

on the paper investigating a drug which
reduces oxidative stress in the retina.
by Anne Crawford

Scientists in Monash University’s Department of Diabetes have demonstrated that a novel drug that suppresses oxidative stress protects the retina against diabetes-induced damage and may prevent vision loss.

Globally, an estimated 70 million people have retinopathy caused by diabetes. The disease is the leading cause of blindness in young adults.

People with diabetes have high levels of glucose in their blood which stimulates oxidative stress, a process that causes damage to many cell types and ultimately cell death.

How CCS Honours student Lilliana Bowen found her project

2018 CCS Honours student Lilliana
Bowen shares how she found the diabetes 

project she is undertaking under the super-
vision of A/Prof Melinda Coughlan
by Matt Jane

Lilliana Bowen is an Honours student in the Department of Diabetes where Associate Professor Melinda Coughlan supervises her. Lilliana completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Lilliana was the 2018 recipient of the AMREP Honours Scholarship, one of two annual recipients.

Registrations open for 2018 3MT competition!

2017's CCS PhD student participants in the 3MT competition. See more
Registration for the 2018 3MT Three Minute Thesis Competition is now open. ​Kindly register and participate in this fantastic event!

Congratulations to Aron Hill and Fabien Vincent on the completion of their PhDs!

Congratulations to two of our recent PhD graduates, Aron Hill and Fabien Vincent!

Aron Hill presenting at the
2016 CCS 3MT Thesis heat
Fabien Vincent
Aron Hill was conferred with his PhD award in March of this year. The thesis is titled, "A neurophysiological investigation into optimised approaches to transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for neurocognitive enhancement". Aron was supervised by A/Prof Kate Hoy, Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Dr Nigel Rogasch, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre. See more about Aron's research in a profile feature.

Fabien Vincent (right) likewise received his PhD award in March. His thesis is titled, "The BAFF/APRIL system: emerging new and unappreciated biomarkers in autoimmunity​". His supervisors were Prof Fabienne Mackay (previously Head of the Monash University Department of Immunology and Pathology) and Prof Eric Morand (Head, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health).
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