18 Aug 2021

2021 Alfred Research Alliance Honours information night video

The Alfred Research Alliance student information night team
If you missed our star-studded information evening on 11 August, see the video from our virtual 2021 Alfred Research Alliance student information night, now published to the CCSMonash YouTube channel.

Find out more about Honours and graduate research at the Alfred Research Alliance, featuring the research powerhouses of Monash University Central Clinical (CCS) and Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) schools, and the Baker and Burnet research institutes. See detail at the time points below:

Wear it purple - start the LGBTIQA+conversation: 27 August

Image: Wear it purple

by Drs Zhoujie Ding, Jess Borger

On 27 August 2021 the Central Clinical School's Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion (CCS GEDI) committee are asking you to ‘Wear it Purple”.

Wear it Purple Day aims to drive awareness of rainbow young people in Schools, Universities and Youth Alliances, and assist these organisations in creating inclusive experiences and environments. 

Advocacy, raising awareness and providing a supportive and safe environment is particularly important in academia, where there are still many Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) challenges experienced by researchers and educators who identify as LGBTIQA+.

10-17 Aug 2021 Central Clinical School recent publications

Sadly, foods high in salicylates, such as fresh fruit, may trigger
IBS symptoms, results show from a pilot study

Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 10-17 August 2021 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments. The below is not a comprehensive list. The 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.

17 Aug 2021

Unpacking the pathologising of plant-based diet followers

Vegetarians and vegans might be dietary abstainers, but that
doesn't make their eating pathological.
Courtney McLean is a PhD student supervised by Dr Gemma Sharp and Professor Jayashri Kulkarni in CCS's Department of Psychiatry. Courtney's focus of research is on eating disorders.

They have recently published a paper investigating the commonly endorsed notion that meat avoidance is a precursor to the development of eating disorders. They argue that this notion, common though it might be, is not based on strong evidence. 

They write that since the 1980s, vegetarian/vegan-focused research has been varied, often contradictory, and scarce, supporting the notion that commonly used diagnostic eating disorder questionnaires may be detecting and pathologising normal vegetarian- and  vegan-related eating behaviours.

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