25 Feb 2022

Central Clinical School participates in Rare Disease Day 2022

See video featuring patient advocates and CCS researchers
Hear from patient advocates and medical researchers as part of the Central Clinical School Consumer and Researcher Engagement (CCS CaRE) program for 28 February Rare Disease Day 2022. The diseases we talk about are Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, Autoimmune Encephalitis,  Friedreich's Ataxia, Visual Snow, Primary Immunodeficiency and brain cancer, including glioblastoma. We will be publishing our complete playlist on 28 February and will update this description with a link to the playlist.

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Welcome to our 2022 Honours students!

We welcomed our new groups of general Honours (56 enrolled) and Bachelor of Medical Science Honours (14 enrolled) this week, so if you've seen lots of fresh faces being escorted around our various and many locations, that's who they are! See our group photos below. 


Rare disease funds to boost pancreatic and blood cancer studies: Rare Disease Day feature

their newly funded MRFF research and how it will help patients.
Early this month Central Clinical School researchers were awarded funding under the MRFF’s 2021 Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need (RCRDUN) program. 

As part of Rare Disease Day today, we asked two CCS researchers - Charles Pilgrim from the Department of Surgery, and Andrew Spencer from the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases - working with rare diseases about the research being funded.

22 Feb 2022

Brain wave signatures enable faster diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis

L-R: Drs Mastura Monif, Nabil Seery and Robb Wesselingh

by Dr Loretta Piccenna

Researchers from the Neuroimmunology, Neurology, Neuroinflammation Laboratory led by Dr Mastura Monif in the Department of Neuroscience have identified electroclinical biomarkers that differentiate one particular type of autoimmune encephalitis (AE), known as N-methyl D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antibody-associated encephalitis (anti-NMDAR) from other subtypes of AE. 

AE is a brain inflammation disorder caused by antibodies. A person’s immune system mistakenly targets different proteins in their brain causing damage and inflammation. This can result in different neurological symptoms including seizures and memory problems. AE can be classified into different subtypes based on the brain protein targeted by the antibodies produced. 

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