30 Apr 2021

Prestigious TSANZ Society medal awarded to Professor Anne Holland

Professor Anne Holland in clinic
Congratulations to Professor Anne Holland, who has been awarded the prestigious Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) Society Medal!  

The Society Medal was conceived as an acknowledgement of excellence in fields other than research, i.e. for the advancement of the practice of thoracic medicine in its widest sense by outstanding teaching or advocacy, and first awarded in 1992. 

Professor Holland is Professor of Physiotherapy at Monash University and Alfred Health in Melbourne, and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Leadership Fellow. 

Leadership lessons from women academics — why men and women need female mentors

Research group leaders in the Department of Immunology and Pathology
share their thoughts on mentoring. L-R upper row: A/Prof Margaret Hibbs,

Prof Nicola Harris, A/Prof Natasha Smallwood, Prof Anne Holland;
L-R lower row: Prof David Tarlinton, A/Prof Menno van Zelm,
Dr Malcolm Starkey.
by Drs Zhoujie Ding and Jessica Borger*
Central Clinical School, Monash University

The topic of women in science usually draws immediate mention of Marie Curie, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, first in Physics in 1903 (with her husband Pierre), and then in Chemistry in 1911. Or more recently, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier’s ground-breaking work in gene editing, which won them the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their win marked the first time a science‐related Nobel Prize was shared by women and no men. 

Contact sport athletes are returning to play too soon after concussion, study finds

Research shows contact athletes are returning to play too soon.
Image: Shutterstock

New research from Monash University into brain changes post-concussion indicates that the brain remains injured and potentially vulnerable after more than two weeks – raising concerns that new AFL concussion guidelines may be still allowing athletes to return to play before the brain has fully recovered.

In a paper published in the journal, Cerebral Cortex, Monash researchers conducted MRI scans on concussed athletes from amateur Australian Football clubs in Melbourne at both 48-hours and 2 weeks after their concussion, and compared them to non-concussed athletes.

Drug treatment benefit for pregnant women with multiple sclerosis

Lead and senior authors on the pregnancy and MS medication
paper, Drs Wei Yeh and Vilija Jokubaitis. See video (1:44 min)

A recent study by Monash University has highlighted the benefit for pregnant women with MS who continue with a disease modifying treatment during and after pregnancy. 

Using data from the international MSBase registry, the findings published in Neurology, revealed that women with MS who continued to take natalizumab (Tysabri) through and after their pregnancy had a decrease in relapse rates by up to 89 per cent.  In contrast, women with MS who stopped taking natalizumab (Tysabri) and another therapy, fingolimod (Gilenya), before conception had an increase in relapse rates. 

28 Apr 2021

PADDI Trial results webinar: 6 May, 7-8 am

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Clinical Trials Network (ANZCA CTN) and Monash University are delighted to invite you to a virtual public webinar announcing the results of the Perioperative Administration of Dexamethasone and Infection (PADDI) trial. The webinar will be held on Thursday 6 May, 2021 at 7-8am AEST. (Note, flyer with international times here). More information and register here.

20-26 Apr 2021 Central Clinical School recent publications

A/Prof Melinda Coughlan explains how processed food
triggers inflammation. See recent publication and video
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 20-26 April 2021 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments. The below is not a comprehensive list. Most recent validated publications for the school and departments can be seen on their publications pages, linked to from the headings below. Otherwise, read down the entry for recent notifications.

27 Apr 2021

Farewell to Bonnie Dopheide from CCS

Bonnie Dopheide
After almost 10 years at Central Clinical School, Bonnie Dopheide will be leaving us at the end of May to take up a new position as Laboratory Safety & Compliance Manager at Biomedicine Discovery Institute on the Clayton campus.

Dr Michelle Zajac, Senior Research Manager, CCS, writes:

Bonnie started as an Administration Officer in 2012 but quickly moved into a Laboratory Operations role with the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases and Departments of Medicine and Surgery supporting laboratory operations and Occupational Health and Safety Compliance as part of CCS’s Research and Laboratory Operations Team.

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