7 May 2021

Congratulations to Mastura Monif on her promotion!

2021 Monif group. Back row (L - R): Dr Paul Sanfilippo, Dr Naril Seery, Ms Katrina (Liyen) Kan, Dr Robb Wesselingh, Mr William O'Brien, Ms Tiffany Rushen. Front row (L - R): Dr Mastura Monif (Group leader), Dr Tracie Tan, Ms Sher Ting Chim, Ms Sarah Griffith, Ms Andrea Moore. Photo by Loretta Piccenna

Congratulations to Dr Mastura Monif (Department of Neuroscience) on her successful promotion to Senior Research Fellow! Professor Terry O'Brien said, "Congratulations Mastura. A well-deserved recognition of your hard and strategic work building your academic career and research group." Dr Monif's group has grown substantially after a number of successful grant applications. See more at:

6 May 2021

Dexamethasone treatment safe in surgery

Profs Tomas Corcoran, Allen Cheng, Paul Myles,
A/Prof Trish Peel and Ms Karen Goulding explain the
research which has shown that dexamethasone is safe in
surgery. See NEJM study & webinar video 

The steroid drug, dexamethasone, is often given by anaesthetists during surgery.  However, because of its effects on the immune system there has been growing concern that it may increase the risk of wound infections, particularly in vulnerable populations such as patients with diabetes.

5 May 2021

17 Apr - 3 May 2021 Central Clinical School recent publications

Dr Vilija Jokubaitis explains how pregnant women with MS
benefit from medication. See recent publication and video
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 27 April - 3 May 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.

4 May 2021

The jury's in on acquired brain injury rehabilitation

A citizen jury generates helpful ideas for improving care and
rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. 

Republished from Monash Lens 23 April,
featuring Professor Natasha Lannin

The idea of a jury – 12 impartial men and women hearing evidence, just like in a courtroom – isn’t absolutely new to medical research, but it is unusual.

The principle is to get ordinary people with no previous involvement or biases in an area of healthcare to get a crash-course in it, and report back.

2021 CCS 3MT competition on 27 May: All welcome!

This year's PhD students entering in the CCS 3MT heat being held 27 May: See CCS 3MT web page or read further down.
L-R from top: Pia Campagna, Erskine Chu, Muhammad Javaid, Runxuan Lin, Jacques Ma, Rachna Ram, Jennifer Reilly, Akshita Rana, Nicola Sergienko, Marissa Sgro, Georgia Symons

Each year, Central Clinical School graduate research (GR) students compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. 
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