15 Nov 2018

Photo of the week: our CCS graduate symposium prize winners!

L-R: 2018 CCS Graduate Research symposium winners Charithani Keragala, Michelle Wong (runner up, poster presentation), Lakshanie Wickramasinghe, Amy Wilson, Angela Nguyen (winner, oral presentation)
We would like to congratulate all of our 2018 CCS Graduate symposium prize winners! The judges were very happy with all the presentations. A major thank you also to the organizing team of PhD students, and to the supervisors who sportingly took part in the comic relief segments of the day!
See photo gallery for presenters and audience shots.

What's on at CCS 19-23 Nov 2018

Mr Mina Takawy is presenting 
his pre-submission PhD, 20 Nov
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.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/headlines/events-calendar

What's on at CCS 19-23 Nov 2018

Recent CCS publications: 10 - 17 November 2018

Do gluten-free and low FODMAP
sourdoughs help if you're coeliac?
See here
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.
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic
  • Neuroscience
  • Surgery

Research spotlight on: Dr Emily Edwards, helping people with primary immunodeficiencies

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/por0jc2dSnk
Dr Emily Edwards, Department of Immunology and Pathology, discusses her work on investigating the impact of genetic mutations on B cell differentiation and function in patients with primary immunodeficiencies.

This year, Emily has presented at the launch of the JMF Centre for Primary Immunodeficiencies Melbourne. She also a recipient of an international travel award from the British Society of Immunology.

Recently, Emily spoke to Dr Shane Huntington on RRR's "Einstein A Go-Go".
Listen: www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/einstein-a-go-go/episodes/5373-einstein-a-go-go-11-november-2018

See more:

Rural emergency doctors lack confidence in trauma control, study finds

Emergency services are getting less traffic
in regional centres. Image: Caravan World
by Anne Crawford

In 2000 Victoria’s trauma services started to become more centralised, with increasingly more patients rushed to three major trauma hospitals in Melbourne for treatment.

Under the Victorian State Trauma System (VSTS) preventable road fatalities dropped considerably over time and trauma patient management was vastly improved. Emergency centres around the world now look to Victoria’s system as a model case.

But a study by critical care researchers has found that as the trauma cases drained from regional hospitals to The Alfred, Royal Children’s and Royal Melbourne hospitals, rural clinicians dealing with these patients have become ‘de-skilled’ and less confident in aspects related to care for injured patients.

Jehovah’s Witness trauma study probes blood alternatives

What are the therapeutic strategies for those who
choose not to have human blood transfusions?
Image: Medical Facts
by Anne Crawford

Major blood loss after trauma is particularly challenging for physicians when blood is not an option (BNAO) for treatment, as is often the case for patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. But there has been little evidence available about the therapeutic strategies that are used in its place.

Now, researchers from Monash University and the Alfred Hospital’s National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI) have conducted a study into some of the alternatives to blood and are interested in further investigating a novel option among them – a synthetic product made from cow’s blood.

Cabrini grants spawn research papers by Monash medical students

Intensive care medicine is team work. 
Image: CHEST
by Anne Crawford

A successful research grant program for Monash University medical students expanded last year by the new Clinical Dean at Cabrini Health, Associate Professor David Brewster, is bearing fruit with the first batch of papers coming on line.

Ten students were awarded Cabrini Senior Medical Staff Association Research Grants in 2017 leading to three publications in recent weeks with others under submission, and to multiple presentations at a Cabrini research conference.

Congratulations to Cabrini grant winners for medical research

A/Prof David Brewster oversees a program
of partnering medical students with clinicians
for research projects.
Thirteen Monash medical students have been awarded Cabrini Senior Medical Staff Association Research Grants.

Under the grants program the students will partner specialist medical staff members at Cabrini hospital in nine research projects. They will receive $1500 each at the completion and presentation of their research.

Congratulations to Piero Perucca on Viertel Award

Dr Piero Perucca
Congratulations to Dr Piero Perucca in the Department of Neuroscience, CCS, on the winning of a Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigator award. It is a one-off grant of $85,000 to investigate the genetic contribution to focal epilepsies.

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