11 Feb 2021

22 Dec 2020 - 8 Feb 2021 Central Clinical School publications featuring COVID-19 research

B cell memory: Why it's so important for COVID-19 immunity
Review article
from Professor David Tarlinton and Dr Isaak Quast
explains how B cell memory is generated by infection and vaccination,
what influences its efficacy and persistence, and its relevance for
vaccine development.
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 22 December 2020 - 8 Feb 2021 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments featuring research on COVID-19. The below is not a comprehensive list:

  • Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Diabetes 
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine - Alfred & Peninsula
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
  • Surgery

Prof Orla Morrissey wins WHO funding for antifungal stewardship

Professor Orla Morrissey
Congratulations to Professor Orla Morrissey, Department of Infectious Diseases, Central Clinical School, Monash University who, in collaboration with researchers from the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases Mycology Interest Group (ANZMIG) and the University of Sydney, was recently awarded funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to develop the Fungal Priority Pathogen List (PPL) and describe the research and development (R&D) antifungal and diagnostic pipeline. 

2020 MIME Seed Funding recipients announced

The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) has announced the successful applications from the 2020 Seed Funding round. There were 8 new projects and 1 top-up project (which had received funding from the 2019 round), with $450,000 in total being awarded. See detail.

Central Clinical School researchers are Clinical Champions on four of the projects. 

Participants sought: Can non-invasive brain stimulation be used to treat apathy in Huntington's Disease?

Participants are sought for Huntington's Disease study.
See video

The Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH) is looking for volunteers for research into the most effective way of using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) for reduced motivation in Huntington's disease (HD).

See details below for eligibility, what's involved and who to contact.

9 Feb 2021

Participants sought: Gut pH and blood pressure regulation

Monash researchers are investigating whether high fibre foods
may help reduce blood pressure
In recent years, there has been an explosion of information about the gut microbiome (the billions of microorganisms that live in our large intestine). 

Research suggests that the food we eat plays a role in manipulating the environment of the gut microbiome, and can contribute to the development of high blood pressure. When we eat foods that are high in fibre, the fibre makes its way down to the large intestine, mainly undigested. The ‘good’ bacteria feed on this fibre and release acidic substances that might be beneficial in lowering blood pressure.

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