23 Jun 2016

Video of the week: Translational research at Monash University

What is translational research? Monash University's three heads of its metropolitan based clinical schools talk about translational medical research, how it works, why Monash is equipped to deliver it so well and the support offered to graduate students starting out on this career path. Prof Eric Morand is Head of School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Prof Stephen Jane is Head of Central Clinical School and Prof Ian Davis is Head of Eastern Health Clinical School. See more:

Forthcoming CCS events: Seminars, public events, general notices

Ioanna Savvidou, ACBD
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 the following weeks (27/6-1/7; 4-8/7; 11-15/7): 

Tue 28-Jun 11:00 PhD Confirmation Seminar : Mr Michael De Vries
Wed 29-Jun 10:00 PhD Pre-Submission Seminar : Ms Ioanna Savvidou

29-Jun 11:30 Immunology Seminar Series-Sara Prickett

29-Jun 18:00 Central Clinical School BMedSci(Hons) & Translational PhD Information Night
Thu 30-Jun 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club-Sara Prickett
Thu 30-Jun 12:00 Grand Rounds: Transfusion practice at Alfred Health 2016
Tue 5-Jul 14:00 PhD Mid-Candidature Review Seminar : Mr Waled Assam Shihata
Wed 6-Jul 11:30 Immunology Seminar Series-Dr Jade Jaffar
Thu 7-Jul 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club-Nick Kocovski
Wed 13-Jul 11:30 Immunology Seminar Series-Rich Berry
Thu 14-Jul 10:30 PhD Pre-Submission Seminar : Mr Rodney Jarrod Anderson

14-Jul 12:00 Cutting Edge Journal Club-Gavin Brooks

Forthcoming events

Recent CCS publications: Week ending 24 June 2016

Box 2: Incidence of severe traumatic brain injury in Victoria,
2006-2014. Figure excerpted from article.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors:

Beck B, Bray JE, Cameron PA, Cooper DJ, Gabbe BJ. Trends in severe traumatic brain injury in Victoria, 2006-2014. Med J Aust. 2016 Jun 20;204(11):407.

Research highlight: The Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration

Professor Mark Fitzgerald (2nd from left) speaking at a recent AITSC forum hosted
by the National Trauma Research Institute. Prof Fitzgerald will be giving
Central Clinical School's public lecture on 12 Oct 2016, on trauma systems.
Commencing in 2013, the Australian and Indian governments invested over $2.6 million through their Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Grand Challenge Scheme, to find the best ways of delivering needed care to injured people.

The Australia-India Trauma Systems Collaboration (AITSC) brings together governments, industry, clinicians and researchers to improve information and resources, and to pilot new systems of care.

22 Jun 2016

Congratulations to Ashish Nair on completing his PhD!

Ashish Nair at a CCS postgrad symposium
Congratulations to Mr Ashish Nair, who has fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
His thesis is titled: "Activated platelets: a potential new diagnostic and therapeutic target in preclinical experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a murine model of multiple sclerosis" and was ratified by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on  Tuesday 21 June 2016.  

Ashish's supervisors were Dr Christoph Hagemeyer (ACBD) and Prof Karlheinz Peter (BakerIDI).

21 Jun 2016

Participants sought: Brain stimulation to improve cognitive performance

tDCS demonstration at MAPrc. Photo: Monash University
Participants aged 18 to 35 years or 56 to 80 years are sought for a research project using brain stimulation to enhance cognitive performance and neural plasticity.

Participation will involve completing computerised cognitive tasks both before and after administration of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). tDCS is a safe, painless and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. Changes in brain activity before and after tDCS will be measured through the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG).

Fundraising for cancer: 'Dry July' Alfred team led by Harshal Nandurkar

Prof Harshal Nandurkar, Director of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, is committing to his second 'Dry July' and is aiming to be the top fundraiser for cancer services support.
Prof Harshal Nandurkar (left) with A/Prof Jeremy Millar (right)
Support Dry July and Harshal by donating through the following link:

Perspectives: CSIRO second guesses the future for industry-science collaborations

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector "at a glance" p.41

CSIRO's Australia 2030 report presents four plausible and divergent scenarios, each based on different combinations of social, economic, environmental and technological drivers. Each is purposely extreme in an attempt to provide a sharp contrast between different potential futures and more clearly illustrate the trade-offs involved.

The medical industry section outlines various possibilities for technological 'enablers' in the fields of surgery, health services, prevention and lifestyle intervention and targeted drug design.

Reference: www.csiro.au/en/Do-business/Futures/Reports/Australia-2030
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