8 Apr 2016

Photo of the week: Central Clinical School Medical Education team

Central Clinical School Undergraduate Medical Education Directorate (UMED) team in the old stairwell of Alfred Hospital for the 18 March 2016 'Megaday', in which a series of presentations and workshops were offered for 130 medical students from affiliated sites.
L-R: Ms Jennie McInerney (Clinical Site Manager, Cabrini Health), Associate Professor Michele Levinson (Clinical Dean, Cabrini Health), Dr Raffi Luber (Clinical Supervisor, CCS), Ms Kate Sharp (Medical Undergraduate Coordinator, Epworth HealthCare), Associate Professor Anne Powell (Director, UMED), Ms Liana Moore (Clinical Site Administrator, CCS), Dr Erica Schmidt (Student Academic Support Unit), Ms Janty Taylor (Clinical Site Administrator, Peninsula Health), Ms Jean Martyn (Administrative Officer, CCS). Absent: Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Laila Rotstein (Deputy Director, UMED), Dr Indi Rasaratnam (Senior Lecturer), Dr Paki Rizakis (Lecturer), Professor Geoffrey Metz (Director of Medical Education, Epworth Healthcare), Dr Philippa Corby (A/g Director of Medical Education, Peninsula Health)

See more:
Web: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/education/umed/contacts.html
Photo gallery link

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Prof Harshal Nandurkar (ACBD) asking a question at the 2015
CCS graduate research symposium.
Central Clinical School has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. All event notices are maintained 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 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 this coming week: 11 - 15 Apr 2016

Tue 12-Apr 9:30am Mid-year Bachelor of Medical Science Honours oral presentation
Fri 15-Apr 9:30am Faculty Academic Promotion information session

Save the date

12 Oct 2016 CCS Public Lecture: Innovative systems for improving trauma injury treatment

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 8 April 2016

Professor Christopher Fairley (centre) with colleagues. Prof
Fairley is Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

Recent publications with Central Clinical School affiliated authors:

Bilardi JE, Walker S, Mooney-Somers J, Temple-Smith M, McNair R, Bellhouse C, Fairley CK, Chen MY, Bradshaw C. Women’s views and experiences of the triggers for onset of bacterial vaginosis and exacerbating factors associated with recurrence.  PLoS ONE. 2016 Mar; 11:e0150272.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150272.


Building the evidence base for burns care with BRANZ

Miss Heather Cleland with a patient. She is Director of the
Victorian Adult Burns Service at Alfred Health.
The Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) is providing crucial data to burn units across the region, improving practice and outcomes for patients, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on the first four years of data from BRANZ.

Recurrent bacterial vaginosis - a female perspective

By Dr Jodie Abramovitch

Dr Jade Bilardi - first author of the BV study
The most common vaginal infection of women of reproductive age is bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is characterised by an imbalance of natural vaginal bacteria species leading to symptoms such as abnormal odour and discharge. It has more seriously been associated with an increased incidence of miscarriage, premature birth, HIV and a higher risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection.

The cause of BV and the way it is transmitted from person to person are not well understood. However, there is increasing evidence BV may be sexually transmitted. Current treatment and patient management is suboptimal, leading to a high recurrence rate among affected women.

Congratulations to Prof Rob Medcalf for ISFP Prize!

Professor Rob Medcalf
Congratulations to Professor Rob Medcalf, who has been awarded The International Society for Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis (ISFP) Prize 2016. Prof Medcalf's area of expertise is in Molecular Neurotrauma and Haemostasis, Australian Centre for Blood Diseases. The ISFP Prize is awarded bi-annually for outstanding contributions to the field of fibrinolysis, thrombolysis and proteolysis.

The Prize winner will deliver a honorary plenary lecture at the joint meeting of the ISFP and the Plasminogen Activation Workshop, to be held in Shizuoka, October 17-21, 2016. See more:

Participants sought: Constipation in women

Women suffering from constipation wanted for study.
Photo:
Worak
We are investigating a new treatment for constipation called trans-abdominal electrical stimulation (TES) which involves placing four (4) sticky electrodes on the stomach and back where a gentle current passes between them. This has been shown to work in studies with children. We want to see if it works in adults as well. It involves using the device at home for an hour a day for 6 weeks. To be eligible, you must be female, aged between 18 and 75, have had constipation for more than 6 months, and live in Melbourne.
Contact: Mrs Judy Moore, PhD candidate
Email: judith.moore@monash.edu ph (03) 9903 0233
Study: www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/clin-trials/ct-moore.html

Perspectives: Australia’s STEM Workforce report

A new report by the Office of the Chief Scientist (Alan Finkel) provides the first detailed analysis of Australia’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) trained workforce.
“Studying STEM opens up countless job options and this report shows that Australians are taking diverse career paths.”
See more:
www.chiefscientist.gov.au/2016/03/report-australias-stem-workforce/

See also the Government's plans and funding to encourage collaboration on innovation between industry and researchers, to create further opportunities in the STEM area:

4 Apr 2016

Jasper Cornish wins 2016 Nairn Prize in Immunology!

Jasper Cornish was the 2016
recipient of the Nairn prize
The Department of Immunology and Pathology celebrates academic excellence with a number of annual awards for the top performing students in the fields of Immunology or Human Pathology.
  • The Nairn Prize in Immunology, named after the Department's founding chairman, Professor Richard Nairn, is given to the top Immunology Honours student completing his or her project within the Central Clinical School.
  • The Mark Barnett Memorial award for human pathology is given to the top Human Pathology student and named in memory of a dedicated pathology lecturer in the department, Dr Mark Barnett.
  • In 2010, the Jared Purton Prize in Immunology was established in memory of a talented former PhD graduate from the department who was tragically killed in 2009 while completing his post-doctoral training overseas.  This award is offered to the top undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc) student undertaking immunology as their major field of study.
Congratulations to our 2016 awardees!
  •     The Nairn Prize in Immunology - Jasper Cornish
  •     The Mark Barnett Memorial Award - Robert Vienet
  •     The Jared Purton Prize in Immunology - Jeffrey Lai
Jasper has subsequently enrolled in a PhD, on "The role of NFkB1 in follicular B cell homeostasis and function", supervised by Drs Raffi Gugasyan, Paul Ramsland of the Burnet Institute and George Grigoriadis of School of Clinical Sciences.

See more: www.med.monash.edu.au/immunology/prizes.html
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