5 Aug 2022

Congratulations to all of our recently promoted researchers!

Congratulations to our fifteen academic staff - researchers and lecturers - who have recently received a promotion. 

Professor Terry O'Brien, Head of School said, "Warmest congratulations to everyone who has been promoted. 

"This is a wonderful outcome, not only for our individual researchers and teachers, but how it represents the extraordinary talent and energy of the entire school."

See detail and links below.

4 Aug 2022

New sexual health campaigns needed for women: study

A large-scale study has investigated the connection between
female sexual practices and STI rates for the first time.
Image: Centre for Sexuality

by Anne Crawford

A rise in sexually transmitted infection (STI) among Australian women in the past decade has prompted Monash University researchers to investigate the connection between female sexual practices and STI rates for the first time in women who have sex with women.

The large-scale study aimed to compare differences in sexual practices and positivity for STIs and other genital infections among women who have sex with men only (WSMO), women who have sex with women only (WSWO), and women who have sex with men and women (WSMW), and whether these changed over time. It included data on 36,147 women who attended the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) between 2011 and 2019.

26 July - 1 Aug 2022 Central Clinical School recent publications

Women are at an increased risk of depression and anxiety during
perimenopause and the menopausal transition: Review
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 26 July - 1 August 2022 from Central Clinical School affiliated researchers in the following departments.

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. The below is not a comprehensive list.

2 Aug 2022

Find out more about Honours and postgraduate study at the Alfred Research Alliance

Central Clinical School and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine together with Alfred Research Alliance partners Baker and Burnet Institutes are hosting an information night on 11 August 2022  for intending Honours and postgraduate students.

Explore Honours and higher degree by research opportunities at the Alfred Research Alliance (A+), to follow your intellectual curiosity in biomedical science and technology to open up your career options! Register here.

Congratulations to our recently completed graduate research students!

Our recently completed higher degree students: L-R. Dr Ing Tiong, Mr Abkar Sayad, Dr Jennifer Reilly, Mr Runxuan Lin, Mr Jack Jerome

Congratulations to our recently completed graduate research students Ing Tiong, Abkar Sayad, Jennifer Reilly, Runxuan Lin and Jack Jerome - Well done! See below for detail of thesis topics, departments and supervisors.

Dr Ing Tiong, who is a practising haematologist, completed his MPhil on 12 July, "Investigation of NPM1 mutation measurable residual disease (MRD) in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) for early detection of relapse to guide pre-emptive therapy". He was supervised by Professors Andrew Wei and David Curtis, both in the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases.

Mr Abkar Sayad, who is a research fellow at University of Melbourne, completed his PhD on 19 July, "A Microfluidic-Based Biosensor Point-of-Care Platform for Protein Biomarker Detection from Whole Blood". He was supervised by Professors Patrick Kwan (Department of Neuroscience) and Stan Skafidas (University of Melbourne).

Dr Jennifer Reilly, who is a specialist anaesthetist, completed her PhD on 19 July, "Predicting Perioperative Mortality in Adults undergoing Noncardiac Surgery in Australia". She was supervised by Professors Paul Myles (Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) and Wendy Brown (Department of Surgery)

Mr Runxuan Lin completed his PhD on 19 July, on "Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 at the Intersection of Alzheimer's Disease and Epilepsy". He was supervised by Associate Professor Nigel Jones and Professor Patrick Kwan (both in the Department of Neuroscience).

Mr Jack Jerome completed his PhD on 19 July, on "Diabetes, Hypertension, and Inflammation, the Trio Mediating Diabetic Retinopathy ". He was supervised by Professor Jennifer Wilkinson-Berka and Dr Devy Deliyanti Biomedical Sciences (both University of Melbourne).

Messenger protein could potentially boost vaccine performance

Immune response following vaccination depicted in a microscopy
image of cells investigated in this study (T and B cells). Follicle
showing germinal centre (Bcl6, cyan), naive B cells (IgD, red) and
antigen specific T (CD45.2, blue) and B cells/plasma cells (GFP, green)
Image: Isaak Quast

A study by Monash University researchers has revealed the way a protein important in immune cell signalling can amplify the immune response, which could potentially benefit vaccine design.

The study, led by Department of Immunology and Pathology scientists Professor David Tarlinton and Dr Isaak Quast, is now published in the prestigious journal Immunity.

It identified, in animal models, specifically how the messenger cytokine Interleukin-21 (IL-21) works on the T cells and B cells involved in the body’s immune response.

1 Aug 2022

Money talks: Funding fuels gender inequity in STEMM leadership

by Dr Jessica Borger

Universally, women are underrepresented in senior academic leadership in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM).

In a recent paper published in the journal Immunology and Cell Biology, my colleague, Professor Louise Purton, from St Vincent’s Hospital, and I report that – at almost every level – women are held back by their gender in funding, their publications (quality and quantity), international reputation, invitations to speak at conferences, and contributions to scientific committees.

See more:

  • Full Monash Lens article
  • This essay can be read as background for an NHMRC consultation with a presentation by Professor Anne Kelso, NHMRC CEO, on "Options to reach gender equity in Investigator Grants" this coming Friday, 5 August. See event details and register
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