18 Nov 2020

Meet KIT: World First Body Image Chatbot

Check out the KIT body image chatbot
Body image issues is an epidemic of its own. With over 30 per cent of Australia’s young people extremely concerned about their body image, a chatbot called KIT has been designed to educate and provide information for those seeking help.

Superbugs on track to kill more people than COVID-19

Professor Andrea Whittaker Dr Nenad Macesic

Without urgent action it's estimated that superbugs will kill 22,000 Australians a year by 2040.

Superbugs threaten to be the next great health crisis of our time, claiming many more lives than COVID-19, and a comprehensive national infection database is urgently needed to arrest the spread, Monash University researchers say.

Changing the narrative of addiction in Australia

Australia's addiction crisis is in the spotlight in an SBS series.
CCS and Turning Point's Dr Shalini Arunogiri comments

Australia’s addiction crisis, is in the spotlight, following the release of a new SBS documentary series, ‘Addicted Australia’.

The four-part series follows the personal journeys of 10 clients, their clinicians, peer support workers, families and friends, and lays bare the challenges faced by families and their loved ones who are searching for a different life.

Monash University partner, Turning Point, has designed the six-month treatment program the clients are undertaking.

16 Nov 2020

10-16 Nov 2020 Central Clinical School publications

Study shows speech discrimination impairment is a marker of
disease severity in multiple sclerosis. Image: Hearing Review
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 10-16 November 2020 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments. The below is not a comprehensive list: 

  • Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases 
  • Diabetes 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Medicine - Alfred & Peninsula 
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Surgery

Returning to life after brain trauma and stroke

Prof Natasha Lannin and Dr Laura Jolliffe explain
the research and clinical collaborations to improve
recovery after neurological damage. See video

Professor Natasha Lannin and Dr Laura Jolliffe of the Brain Recovery and Rehabilitation Group in Monash University's Department of Neuroscience explain how their research and practice support the rehabilitation of people with neurological damage from stroke or brain injuries to regain function and independence. 

Prof Lannin is a Chief Investigator on three new trials which have received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnerships Projects program this year (project list link).

ARC Discovery grant for drug research against blood-feeding parasite nematodes

L-R: Prof Nicola Harris (CIA), Dr Tiffany Smith and Prof Robin
Gasser are collaborating on an ARC project to control parasitic
nematodes which are a problem in agricultural animals.
Congratulations to Professor Nicola Harris, lead researcher of a group which has received an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant for $445,250 across three years to investigate control of parasitic nematodes.

Prof Nicola Harris and Dr Tiffany Smith have teamed up with Professor Robin Gasser, who specialises in parasitology at the University of Melbourne, to discover drugs which will work against blood-feeding parasite nematodes of animals. This project aims to identify more sustainable control strategies of nematode parasites of livestock, which cost more than 400 million yearly to the Australian wool and meat industry. 

CCS researchers' high citation rates recognised by Web of Science

Congratulations to Central Clinical School colleagues Professor Peter Gibson (Department of Gastroenterology) and Professor Kathryn Holt (Department of Infectious Diseases), who have been named on the 2020 Web of Science Highly Cited (HiCi)'s list: https://recognition.webofscience.com/awards/highly-cited/2020/. This recognises leading researchers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™ .

See other Monash researchers on the 2020 HiCi list here.

COVID-19: What could happen next? Join our 9 Dec forum to find out more

Register here for the 9 Dec forum, 7-8 pm

What happens next with COVID-19? It's complicated... Once infected with COVID-19, the illness can cause devastating complications which we don't yet understand. Register here for our 9 Dec forum

A forum, "COVID-19: What could happen next?" on 9 Dec at 7-8 pm will give you the chance to hear from our panel of diabetes and neurology experts on the urgent need to know the extent and causes of new-onset and dysfunction with diabetes and neurological conditions. They'll outline how registries are vital to provide the best interventions and management for treatment, and to understand the potential longer-term impact on the health of people who have been infected.

25 Nov event: From the Front Line: Rethinking mental health treatment and personalised care

Register here for 25 Nov webinar on mental health treatment
From the Front Line: Rethinking mental health treatment and personalised care

Monash University is hosting a panel discussion on Australia’s significant health challenge: Mental Health on Wednesday 25 November 11.30am - 12.30 pm. See more about the event below.

Register here

The Alfred-Monash Brain Tumour Bio-databank

See the Alfred-Monash Brain Tumour biobank video
The Alfred-Monash Brain Tumour Bio-databank was featured on The Project, 18 November. The clips helps people to understand the experiences of patients faced with a devastating diagnosis who are assisting with our research. See links below.

If you would like to work with the Alfred Brain Tumour Bio-databank on a research project or use samples for your research, then please contact Loretta Piccenna (loretta.piccenna@monash.edu) and ABTB Clinical Coordinator, Emily Galea (E.Galea@alfred.org,au).

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