20 Dec 2016

CCS Doctoral Student Profile - Maria Selvadurai

PhD and combined degree
student Maria Selvadurai
by Eliza Watson

Maria Selvadurai is a PhD student in the Platelet and Thrombosis Lab where she is supervised by Dr Justin Hamilton. She studied a Science degree majoring in Pathology and Biochemistry before completing Honours and starting a combined PhD/Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery.

9 Dec 2016

Photo of the week: NHMRC grant recipients in CCS

L-R, top row: Ross Dickins, Eric Chow, Rob Andrews, Jayashri Kulkarni, Andrew Wei, Anton Peleg
L-R, bottom row: Mark Cooper, Rob Medcalf, Trisha Peel, Ben Shields, Merlin Thomas

See details of the CIs and their projects in this issue's associated article. Welcome also to our new research leaders, Trisha Peel, Mark Cooper, Ben Shields and Merlin Thomas, and to Jay Jha, on a Early Career Fellowship. Jay did his PhD with CCS. See our other Fellowship and Development Grant recipients in a previous article.

Forthcoming CCS events: 12-16 Dec

Kirsty Wilson presenting at the 2015 CCS
graduate research symposium. She is giving
a PhD pre-submission seminar Wed 14 Dec
Central Clinical School has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff & students can see details of both public and local events (including professional development courses, trade fairs and Graduate Research Student calendars) and deadlines, at the CCS intranet's Announcements page. Various departments have their own calendars.

See CCS seminar index:www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on for 12-16 Dec 2016

CCS Publications for the week ending 9 December 2016

L-R: Prof Stephen Jane, Dr Smitha Georgy, Mr Darren Partridge,
Ms Alana Auden are co-authors on a paper, suggesting how a trans-
cription factor,
Grhl3, might be involved in impulsive behaviour or hyperactivity
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, AIRMed, Gastroenterology, Immunology, Medicine and the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.

See also our featured articles this week on gene code for brain changes in schizophrenia and differences between male and female brains in autism.

Differences between male and female brains in autism

Dr Melissa Kirkovski
by Anne Crawford

Australian males are estimated to be four times more likely than females to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The mechanisms that make them more prone to the condition are currently a hot topic of research in the field. 

A former Central Clinical School (CCS) graduate student was part of a study by the MonashAlfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), the CCS and others that found gender differences in a region in the brain implicated in social understanding – a core part of impairment in people with ASD. The research was part of a PhD thesis that later earned Dr Melissa Kirkovski an international award.

Gene code for brain changes in schizophrenia

Dr Caroline Gurvich and a colleague
by Anne Crawford

Researchers from the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Central Clinical School, in collaboration with Swinburne University and the Baker IDI, have identified a link between a gene encoding a particular dopamine receptor and schizophrenia symptoms in healthy individuals.

The researchers were investigating the D1 receptor gene which is involved in the regulation of dopamine – a neurotransmitter implicated in schizophrenia – in people with schizotypy.

CCS Doctoral student profile - Timothy Gottschalk

Tim Gottschalk participating in the CCS
Postgraduate Student Symposium 2016
By Eliza Watson

Timothy Gottschalk is a PhD student in the Leukocyte Signaling Laboratory at the Department of Immunology and Pathology where he is supervised by Associate Professor Margaret Hibbs. He studied a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and is interested in learning about what causes and drives autoimmune disease.

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