21 Mar 2019

CCS Recent Publications: 12th March - 18th March 2019

ACBD researchers published on
treatments for chronic ulcers
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:

  • Surgery
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases
  • Neuroscience
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases

Study investigates MS medication use in pregnant women

Women with active MS are increasingly opting to try to get
pregnant, rather than waiting for remission
by Loretta Piccenna 

The number of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has steadily increased over the past 50 years with women three times more likely to develop MS than men, resulting in a greater number of women of childbearing age presenting to neurologists in specialist clinics.

However, very limited information is available about the safety and use of disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) in these women during pregnancy. No clinical guidelines currently exist to assist health professionals in providing informed advice to women about their treatment.

Public Surgery Lecture and Brain Awareness Week wrap up

From left Dr. Mostafiz Rahman,
A/Prof Heather Cleland, Mr. Cheng Lo,
Prof Steven Boyce, Dr Shiva Akbarzadeh
and Dr. Ilia Banakh

Mid-March was a time of great community outreach for the School, as we hosted events to share our work and the latest knowledge with colleagues and the public.

The Department of Surgery's Annual Public Lecture was delivered by Emeritus Professor Stephen Boyce from the University of Cincinnati. He spoke about the importance of wound closure in treating life-threatening burn injuries, and delved into the latest research surrounding investigative models of tissue-engineered skin to improve closure. The technology offers the hope of one day restoring the use of full, uninjured anatomy and physiology of skin, without scarring. Around 80 people turned out to hear from the visiting Professor.

Speakers: A/Prof Joanne Fielding,
Dr Caroline Gurvich
MC: Professor Jayashri Kulkarni
The Department of NeuroscienceMAPrc and Alfred Health jointly celebrated Brain Awareness Week through a public lecture, and information stands in The Alfred engaging the public in the opportunities to participate in brain-related research here at the precinct. Students Flavia Medeiros Gomes and Juliana de Castro e Silva proved that playdoh is not just for adults by making incredible models of neurons and brain anatomy, which passers-by loved.

Playdoh neuron
The lecture saw A/Prof Joanne Fielding and Dr Caroline Gurvich share the latest on research into Visual Snow, and sex hormones and mental health, respectively. You can see Joanne's lecture here and Caroline's lecture here.

20 Mar 2019

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Associate Professor Catriona Bradshaw

A/Prof Catriona Bradshaw
Monash University's 5th annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 21 June 2019. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

The Keynote speaker for the event is Associate Professor Catriona Bradshaw is head of the Genital Microbiota and Mycoplasma Group at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and an Associate Professor at the Central Clinical School.
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