20 Sept 2019

Have your say on how we do the CCS enews!

How often should the enews be circulated?
Over half our respondents (so far) prefer a
fortnightly issue, one third would like it
weekly, and 14.6% would prefer monthly.
Have your say and take our 1-2 min survey
We are reviewing the way we let you know about Central Clinical School researchers, their projects and achievements. Our survey to give your feedback is still open. (Take the 1-2 min CCS enews survey here). Many thanks to those who responded to our survey - much appreciated! What we have so far learned from your responses in summary is that:

  • you mostly like all the content provided ­čśŐ
  • you'd like to see more grant opportunities­čĺ▓ and event notices
  • the news is useful for updating you, sharing with others and promoting collaborations­čĄŁ
  • Over half the respondents would prefer fortnightly rather than weekly output.

19 Sept 2019

Study links nocturnal blood pressure with diabetes and dementia

Dr Chris Karayiannis
by Anne Crawford

Monash University researchers investigating the association between Type 2 diabetes and dementia have found an interesting factor linking the diseases: the dipping of nocturnal blood pressure.

Dr Chris Karayiannis said the Peninsula Clinical School researchers were investigating the poorly understood mechanisms behind the increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia faced by people with type 2 diabetes.

CCS Recent publications 3-9 Sep 2019

Optimising Mobile Stroke Unit
travel times with Google Maps.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
  • Neuroscience
  • Peninsula Clinical School
  • Surgery & National Trauma Research Institute (NTRI)

Life as a Clinician Scientist 19 October AAHMS event

Register for the 19 Oct AAHMS 'Life as a clinician-scientist' event
Life as a Clinician Scientist is back in 2019 for a day of inspirational talks, networking with leading research institutes. The event, hosted by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS), is for promoting research to the medical community. We also have sessions exploring skills on maximising research output and, of course, a gourmet plated lunch! RSVP, or see more at aahms.org/events/life-as-a-clinician-scientist-victoria/

Science competition "CF's Got Talent!" streaming live from London 26 Sep 2019

Dr Anh Thu Dang
One of our researchers, Dr Anh Thu Dang, is competing in the UK based Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust science competition "CF's Got Talent!" next week, 26 September. The event will be livestreamed on CF Trust's Facebook page. She'll be talking about damping lung inflammation by tweaking the gut microbiome, and her title is: ‘Short chain fatty acids as CF therapeutics against pulmonary infections’.

Anh Thu is a post-doctoral research assistant based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in Professor Benjamin Marsland’s lab. They are working on one of the programmes within the CF Trust's SRC ‘Restoring balance in the gut for less inflammation in the lungs’, led by Leeds-based Professor Daniel Peckham. 

18 Sept 2019

Participants sought: Will prebiotic dietary fibre reduce blood pressure?

We're trying to find out whether a
particular kind of dietary fibre, called
'prebiotic', influences blood pressure
If you have high blood pressure but are not on medication, we would love to hear from you about participating in a research study investigating whether the use of prebiotic dietary fibre lowers blood pressure.

Our diet has been long known to influence the levels of blood pressure. While our bodies are incapable of digesting some types of fibre, they are fermented in the gut, where they feed the community of ‘good’ microbes. This results in the release of substances that may be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. The present study will test if a modified high fibre supplement could be used to lower blood pressure.

Congratulations to Prof Jayashri Kulkarni on the AM investiture!

On Wednesday 18 September, MAPrc Director Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, attended the official ceremony at Government House to receive her Australia Day Honours as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contributions to Psychiatry and Womens Mental Health. Congratulations again Jayashri!

Jayashri's husband and daughter, Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau and Jayashri in the picture at right.
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