4 Nov 2022

6-30 September Central Clinical School recent publications

Why is bariatric surgery so poorly provided for in the public health system?
Prof Wendy Brown is senior author on an MJA paper looking at the question
Recent publications featuring research as notified by PubMed during 6-30 September 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.

3 Nov 2022

Vale David Edwards, posthumously recognised for his PhD

L-R: Valma Edwards (David's mother), Vikki Edwards (his wife),
Associate Professor Priscilla Johanesen, Professor Robyn Slattery
and Professor Terry O'Brien, with a photo of David Edwards in
the screen projection

Vale Dr David Edwards, who was posthumously awarded his doctorate degree on 4 October. 

David was a PhD student in Professor Kathryn (Kat) Holt's group.

Professor Terry O'Brien, Head of Central Clinical School and Professor Robyn Slattery on behalf of Professor Kat Holt both spoke at the ceremony.

David enrolled in the PhD at Monash, after completing a Masters in Bioinformatics under the supervision of Professor Kathryn Holt.

1 Nov 2022

Congratulations to Dr Liesl Butler on Albert Baikie Memorial Medal

Dr Liesl Butler is a junior haematologist pursuing a career in molecular pathology. She is currently undertaking translational research in the area, having started a PhD in 2019 at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University and Alfred Health, supervised by Professor Andrew Perkins. Her project focuses on the development of improved biomarkers and targeted therapy for the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).

Dr Butler has been awarded the Albert Baikie Memorial Medal from the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ) for the best young investigator at the national annual Blood 2022 meeting in Sydney in September. The award is given to recognise the best presentation, either oral or poster, at the Annual Scientific Meeting by a new investigator who is a financial member of HSANZ. The winner receives a $5,000 prize and is presented with the Albert Baikie Memorial Medal. This prestigious award is open to new investigators who were awarded their postgraduate qualification (MSc, FRACP, FRCPA or PhD) within the past 5 years.

College of Clinical Psychologists (Vic) Significant Contribution Award for Gemma Sharp

Associate Professor Gemma Sharp in clinic

Associate Professor Gemma Sharp, Department of Neuroscience, has been recognised by the College of Clinical Psychologists (Vic) with a Significant Contribution Award. 

A/Prof Sharp's contribution spanned all areas, particularly her work in the field of body image related disorders including eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. She is particularly well known for leading the development of a world-first set of practice guidelines focused on the psychological evaluation of patients seeking cosmetic procedures with the Australian Psychological Society. These guidelines were first published in 2018 and she is currently leading the update of these guidelines to be released in late 2022/early 2023. A/Prof Sharp was kindly nominated for the award by her post-doc Dr Kathleen de Boer.

Find out more about the ageing brain and dementia: Video of this year's public lecture

See the video of this year's public lecture by Prof Srikanth
on dementia and the ageing brain: Youtube 58:28mins

Central Clinical School (CCS), Monash University's annual public lecture in 2022 was presented by Professor Velandai Srikanth, Director of the National Centre for Healthy Ageing, Director of Research, Peninsula Health and Professor of Medicine at CCS. 

Professor Srikanth explores why the brain ages and what causes dementia. Importantly, he asks, what can we do about it? 

The video of the presentation is now published:

31 Oct 2022

Tracking the pathway to immunity, one cell at a time

Plasma B-cell making antibody: Shutterstock
Why do some vaccines create long-lived responses and others don't? Monash immunology researchers Dr Marcus Robinson and Professor David Tarlinton are leading a team which is teasing out some answers.

Vaccines work their magic by effectively creating immune cells that are long-lived, often for over decades. These immune cells create both a protective barrier that can prevent or minimize re-infection and a memory that allows us to recognize an old invader like a virus and to kill it before it causes disease. The antibody making the barrier in our blood is itself made by long-lived plasma cells. While the importance of these cells has always been known, how and when they are generated following a vaccination has remained a mystery.

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