29 May 2019

Spotlight on MS Research

Dr Steven Petratos and Dr Erica Kim
Thursday 30th May is World MS Day.  A global initiative to raise awareness for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. This year's theme is My Invisible MS, an opportunity to make visible the symptoms of MS and educate the broader community. 

When Dr Erica Kim began her honours degree in the Neuroscience Department at Central Clinical School, she arrived with simply a passion for neuroscience. Now, with a PhD completed, along with two first author primary research papers, 2 author reviews and contributing author credits, it seems that this researcher is in it for the long haul with a firm focus on developing cell and gene-based therapies to treat intractable neurodegenerative disease, particularly Multiple Sclerosis.

Investigative research is a slow burn, particularly at a molecular level. It can take years to see a project translate from the investigative to pre-clinical stages and then there is no guarantee of progression to a clinical trial. Erica is keen to witness her earlier research progress into clinical trials. The molecules that have been the focus of her work, which may contribute or initiate such damage in MS are becoming known and by targeting them, it may be possible to limit the destruction, which occurs to nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord, promoting a better clinical outcome for individuals living with MS.

Public Health researcher wins Prestigious Alumni Award

A/Prof. Chow receives his award from Professor Rodney Phillips,
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW
Associate Professor Eric Chow has won the 2019 UNSW Young Alumni Award. The Young Alumni Award acknowledges the most accomplished UNSW Sydney Alumni under 35 years across 13

categories spanning science and technology to arts and services to the community.

Eric made a career change in 2012 by completing a Master of Public Health followed by a PhD at UNSW Sydney, where he received the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s List. The MPH provided Eric with new knowledge in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion and mathematical modelling. His PhD thesis, which focused on HIV epidemiology and sexual practice among at-risk populations in China, has paved the way for his impressive research in the field of sexual health.

First CCS journal club a great success

The Central Clinical School (CCS) Student Journal Club series kicked off to a great start on Tuesday May 21st, with a large crowd attending. The theme was hepatology, and two honours students, Jacqueline Bredhauer and Terence Fong, presented engaging talks on Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease papers. They were mentored by Dr Natasha Janko, gastroenterologist, who also chaired the session.

CCS Recent Publications: 20th May - 26th May 2019

A/Prof. Eric Chow
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
  • Surgery
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
  • MAPrc
  • Neuroscience
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • AIRMed

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Dr Vilija Jokubaitis

Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
Monash University's 5th annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three 21 June 2019. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.
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Dr Vilija Jokubaitis is Head of the Neuroimmunology Genomics and Prognostics Group, MS and Neuroimmunology in the Department of Neuroscience.

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