20 Jul 2017

Event Reminder: Translational Research Symposium, 31 July 2017

Monash University's three heads of its metropolitan based
clinical schools, Prof Eric Morand, Prof Stephen Jane and
 Prof Ian Davis, discuss translational medical research and
 the opportunities it offers for graduate students. Video: 4:31m
The Translational Research Symposium is fast approaching, with just over a week to go!

Central Clinical School is looking forward to welcoming a diverse range of leading researchers to discuss the importance of converting significant scientific findings into clinical practice and everyday medical treatments.

Translational Research skills have become a significant part of life at Monash's three metropolitan clinical schools and this excellent program forms an important part of this.

Central Clinical School is hosting the Translational Research symposium on 31 July 2017. All welcome to hear from top Melbourne-based researchers with national and international collaborations in clinical areas.

Event Details:
Translational Research Symposium
  • Date: Monday 31 July, 2017
  • Time: 8:30 for 9:00am start - 7:00pm close
  • Venue: AMREP Lecture Theatre
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP here by 26 July 2017
Find out more about the symposium and our speaker program.

See more about what we have to offer in Translational Research:

17 Jul 2017

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight: Professor Richard Kitching

Prof Richard Kitching
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Richard Kitching is a head of the Autoimmune Kidney Disease and Vasculitis research group at Monash School of Clinical Sciences and a leading Nephrologist at Monash Health.

13 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Associate Professor Judy de Haan on Baker Fellowship

A/Prof Judy de Haan
Congratulations to Associate Professor Judy de Haan who has been awarded a five-year Baker Fellowship (2017-2022) by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, where she leads the Oxidative Stress Laboratory.

The Fellowship will enable Associate Professor de Haan to continue her work on diabetic cardiovascular complications.

“My research interests lie in novel approaches to limit oxidative stress and inflammation with an emphasis on host antioxidant defence pathways,” Associate Professor de Haan said. “This fellowship enables me to continue my close relationship with the Department of Diabetes at CCS where I hold an Honorary position.” 

See more about Associate Professor de Haan’s research.

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Prof Melissa Southey

Prof Melissa Southey
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Melissa Southey specialises in genetic and epigenetic factors which are responsible for cancer predisposition. Prof Southey is based at Monash Health and is the head of the Southey Laboratory at the University of Melbourne.

7 Jul 2017

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Prof Peter Gibson

Prof Peter Gibson
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Peter Gibson is the Head of the Department of Gastroenterology. He also led the team, along with Dr Jane Muir, who developed the very popular low FODMAP Diet app.

4 Jul 2017

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Dr Sarah Zaman

Dr Sarah Zaman  is a cardiologist at
Monash Heart & Monash Health
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Dr Sarah Zaman is a cardiologist at Monash Heart and Monash Health.

3 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Dr Jae Young Lee on Dean's award for outstanding PhD thesis

Dr Jae Young Lee participating in Red Lab
Coat Day, an awareness raising exercise for
multiple sclerosis research
Congratulations to recent CCS PhD graduate, Dr Jae Young Lee, who is the inaugural awardee of the Dean's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2016!

The award recognises Jae's outstanding PhD thesis, entitled "Targeting the molecular mechanisms of axonal degeneration, demyelination and remyelination in multiple sclerosis".

Jae's main supervisor was Dr Steven Petratos who will be attending to receive the award on Jae's behalf, as Jae is currently working in South Korea.

See more about the Petratos research group at:  www.med.monash.edu.au/medicine/alfred/research/petratos-group.html

30 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: CCS 3MT heat participants

2017 Central Clinical School Three Minute Thesis (3MT) participants. L-R: Mr Nikolce Kocovski, Ms Emily King, Mr Matthew Snelson, Ms Mahtab Parvaresh, Mr Amlan Chakraborty, Ms Amy Wilson, Ms Jacqueline Riddiford and CCS postgraduate convenor Professor Rob Medcalf. See detail of their topics at www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/education/hdr-3mt-2017.html

Congratulations to Matthew Snelson, Department of Diabetes, who won both critical and popular votes with his presentation on the effects of dietary advanced glycation endproducts on gut homeostasis and chronic kidney disease. He will go on to compete in the Faculty finals 13 July 2017, 1.30 - 3.30 pm, S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk, Monash University, Clayton campus. RSVP here or watch via video link from Alfred Centre Level 5 Lecture Theatre. Good luck Matthew!

What's on at CCS 3-7 July 2017

Ms Lakshanie Wickramasinghe
is presenting Thu 6 July

Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff and 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

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

What's on at CCS 3-7 July 2017

Tue 04/07/2017 10:00 Dept of Diabetes student journal club: Osanna Wong
Wed 05/07/2017 11:30 Immunology Seminar: Phil Darcy (Peter Mac)
Thur 06/07/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Lakshanie Wickramasinghe
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Dr Diana Moir & Prof Catriona McLean
Fri 07/07/2017 13:00 PhD Confirmation of candidature : Ms Katrina Woodford

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Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Dr Claudia Nold

Doctor Claudia Nold
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Doctor Claudia Nold is a research group head for the Interventional Immunology in Neonatal Diseases group and also part of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health.

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - A/Prof Menno C. van Zelm

A/Prof Menno C van Zelm
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Associate Professor Menno C. van Zelm is the head of the B cell differentiation laboratory in the Department of Immunology at Monash.

Changing the way we treat diabetes and its complications: 19 October CCS public lecture

Professor Mark Cooper AO, Head of Diabetes
dept in CCS
, is giving a public lecture 19 Oct
.

Public lecture on Diabetes by Professor Mark Cooper AO, 19 October 2017

Since the discovery of insulin over 90 years ago and a number of oral tablets after the second world war there was very little change in the treatment of type 2 diabetes until the last decade.  In the last 10 years there have been dramatic improvements in the way we treat type 2 diabetes also known as maturity onset diabetes, a condition that has become arguably the largest worldwide epidemic as the world has industrialised with increasing obesity and reduced exercise.

See detail here or below. All welcome,  RSVP for catering.

Translational Research Young Investigator Poster Competition - Register by 3 July!

The TR Symposium is coming up soon!
The 3rd annual Monash University Translational Research (TR) Symposium will be held 31 July 2017. The event is hosted by the three Monash clinical schools and will showcase the diverse research from these schools.

A Young Investigator poster competition will be held, with a winning prize of $500. The competition is open to graduate student and early career researchers, who are within 5 years of completing their PhD. Entries close 3 July!

29 Jun 2017

CCS publications update: 30 June - 7 July 2017

Reducing the maternal dietary intake of
indigestible and slowly absorbed short-
chain carbohydrates is associated with
improved infantile colic. See study
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for pubs listing. Linked headings are to the departments' home pages.
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (APOM)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) 
  • Surgery 

Monash study points to new blood test for cardiovascular risk

Dr Prahlad Ho presenting at ASH15
meeting. Image: @marrow
by Anne Crawford

It has long been a conundrum for clinicians and researchers pondering cardiovascular disease; a 90-year-old overweight man who has been smoking heavily all his life is admitted to hospital with an unrelated condition and is found to have a healthy heart while a fit 25-year-old athlete elsewhere inexplicably dies of a massive heart attack.

Now, scientists from the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases, Monash University, Northern Health and the University of Melbourne are collaboratively evaluating a new blood test that could add to the surrogate measures currently used clinically as an assessment of cardiovascular risk. Currently no such blood test exists, they say.

Improved prostate cancer management vital for older men

Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet (right) with a patient
by Anne Crawford

Prostate cancer is the most frequent male cancer and the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia.

With an exponentially ageing population and lengthening life expectancy, the burden of this cancer – already a disease of older males – is going to be what Monash University Associate Professor Jeremy Grummet calls “massive”. The number of Australians aged 65 and over is expected to increase from around 2.5 million in 2002 to 6.2 million in 2042; from around 13 per cent of the population to 25 per cent.

26 Jun 2017

Participants sought: Health benefits of dietary fibre

Sri Lankan beef curry is on the study menu
Healthy volunteers are required for a study investigating the optimal increase in dietary fibre to improve bowel movement and gut bacteria. This study involves volunteers consuming nutritionally balanced diets that vary only in their dietary fibre content, over an entire period of 8 weeks. All cooked food will be supplied. Participants will be asked to purchase the fresh food component of the diet. All the diets have been designed and prepared by a fully qualified and experienced professional chef.

Participants sought: Can fibromyalgia be reduced by brain stimulation?

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at the Alfred Hospital is currently seeking volunteers for a clinical trial of a non-medication investigational treatment for fibromyalgia.

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. We are conducting this study to see whether we can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

To be involved, participants must be aged between 18 and 75 years and have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Participation will involve attending the Alfred for an initial 2 week period of daily (Monday-Friday) treatments followed by a 2 week period of 3 treatments per week. Each treatment appointment takes approximately 30 minutes.

Enquiries & further information

Contact: Ms Laura Knox
Email: laura.knox@monash.edu
Phone: (03) 9076 9896
Study detail: ccs-clin-trials.med.monash.edu.au/trials/double-blind-randomised-sham-controlled-trial-prefrontal-theta-burst-stimulation-fibromyalgia
Web: www.maprc.org.au/dr-bernadette-fitzgibbon

25 Jun 2017

PEACE: A cantata for John Monash: 9 Sep 2017

Let there be peace! the clarion call of Melbourne’s most famous son, John Monash, opens a new massed choral work premiering in Hamer Hall on September 9. Composed by David Kram and Poet Kevin O’Flaherty, PEACE is the first musical work to tell the story of the great man’s life. 

For more information about PEACE and John Monash, visit More than Opera’s website: www.morethanopera.com,
https://www.johnmonashpeaceconcert.com/
Buy tickets from
www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

22 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: The heat is on for our CCS 3MT speakers!

2016's CCS Three Minute Thesis contestants: L-R Erica Kim (Medicine), Caroline Tuck (Gastroenterology), Jessica Anania (Burnet), Aron Hill (MAPrc), Liriye Kurtovic (Burnet), Riya Palchaudhuri (Burnet), Paddy Dempsey (Baker, and winner, see his video), Marina Iacovou (Gastroenterology), Elizabeth Thomas (MAPrc).
This year's heat is next Tuesday, 27 June 2017. All welcome!

2017 CCS 3MT competition details - see details of this year's contestants

  • Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017
  • Time: 2.00 - 3.00 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre, Level 5, Alfred Centre
  • No RSVP required, all welcome.

What's on at CCS 26-30 June 2017

Mr Saeed Alrashdi gives his PhD
pre-submission talk on 27 June
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff and 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

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

What's on at CCS 26-30 June 2017

Tue 27/06/2017 09:00 PhD Pre-submission seminar: Mr Saeed Alrashdi


10:00 Department of Diabetes student journal club


14:00 CCS 3MT heat - all welcome!
Wed 28/06/2017 11:30 Immunology Seminar: Pat Reading (Peter Doherty)
Thur 29/06/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Tim Gottschalk
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Prof Leon Bach

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Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Prof Helen Dewey

Professor Helen Dewey
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Helen Dewey is the Director of Neurosciences at Eastern Health Clinical School.

CCS publications update: 17-23 June 2017

The Alfred-Monash AIRmed group
have published a paper on controlling
inflammation after lung transplant
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for pubs listing. Linked headings are to the departments' home pages.
  • Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed) 
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (APOM)
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine
  • Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
  • Surgery  

21 Jun 2017

Study probes complementary and alternative medicine use for bowel disease

Dr Raffi Luber, co-
author on a study of
IBD & CAM therapy
by Anne Crawford

Physicians treating patients for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are occasionally asked about the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) but often have limited knowledge of the therapies and can be quick to dismiss their efficacy.

A study by researchers in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Alfred Hospital has reviewed the available evidence for the most commonly used and discussed CAMs so informed advice can be offered to patients wanting to know about them.

New blood test a boon to clot research

PhD student Hannah Pearce with Dr Thomas
Bonnard, first author on the paper describing
a new test for measuring thrombolytic activity
by Anne Crawford

Monash University researchers have developed a novel blood assay that is proving highly effective in researching thrombosis (blood clotting) and which could potentially become a valuable tool in clinical translation.

Heart attack and stroke – leading causes of death and disability in Australia – are mostly caused by thrombosis. Researchers around the world are striving to improve anti-thrombotic treatments that counter the life-threatening blood clots without the associated side-effect of excessive bleeding.

20 Jun 2017

Welcome to Professor Terry O'Brien, new joint Head of Departments of Neuroscience & Medicine

Professor Terry O'Brien, new Head of
Neurosciences and Medicine at CCS
Welcome to Professor Terence (Terry) O’Brien, who takes on several roles at the Alfred Campus in the Central Clinical School and at the Alfred as of October 2017:
  • Van Cleef Roet Professor of Medicine (Neurology)
  • Head, Departments of Neuroscience and Medicine
  • Deputy Head, Central Clinical School, Monash University 
  • Director of Neurology, Alfred Health
The specialist areas of the neurosciences department will be investigation of neurological, neuroscience, neurobehavioural, pharmacological and imaging with respect to cognition and various brain disorders including epilepsy, neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, brain tumours, stroke and traumatic brain injury. See more about the Department of Neuroscience's research areas from their Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) projects on offer.

For more information contact Ms Mary Ljubanovic, Terry's EA:
Email: Mary.Ljubanovic@monash.edu, ph +61 3 99030304

Welcome to CCS's new Student Services staff!

Ms Mary Ljubanovic
Ms Lindy Friswell
Welcome to CCS's new Student Services staff, Ms Mary Ljubanovic and Ms Lindy Friswell!

Mary Ljubanovic comes to us from the University of Melbourne, and though full time, has a joint role as Senior Student Services Officer and EA to our incoming Head of Neurosciences, Professor Terry O'Brien.


Lindy Friswell is the Student Services Officer (SSO), appointed 0.8. Lindy is supporting Mary with her SSO role. Lindy's days of work are Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri.

Their joint areas of responsibility are administration of Honours, BMedSc(Honours) and postgraduate cohorts, and associated recruitment and marketing activities which include the organisation of recruitment events.

As the two roles overlap, please email all enquiries to the role account, CCS.HDR@monash.edu.

Welcome to Dr Nick Wong!

Dr Nick Wong, new bioinformatics
platform contact
Welcome to Dr Nick Wong, who has recently joined the Central Clinical School/Monash Bioinformatics Platform.

Nick completed his PhD in 2006 with Professor K. H. Andy Choo on DNA methylation of Neocentromeres. His expertise is in DNA methylation profiling (Illumina Infinium, Bisulfite Sequencing, MBD enrichment) on challenging samples; RNA analysis on challenging samples (including RNA-Seq); End-to-end experience for most NGS workflows (sample, library preparation, sequencing, bioinformatic analysis).

16 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: Congratulations to Marina Iacovou on her PhD!

Congratulations to Marina Iacovou, pictured (right) with supervisor Dr Jane Muir (left), on the completion of her PhD! Marina's thesis title is, "Exploring the role of FODMAPs in the diet of breastfeeding mothers in alleviating symptoms of colic in breastfed infants”, and she was supervised by Dr Jane Muir and Professor Peter Gibson in the Department of Gastroenterology. Marina is continuing to work with the Gastroenterology Department as a relationship and project manager for business and research activities within the team. One area of Marina's role is to head the low FODMAP Certification Program which is developing a lot of interest from food industry, healthcare providers, clinicians and other scientific organisations.

See more about the group's research at: http://www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/research/nutrition.html

What's on at CCS 19-23 June 2017

Maria Selvadurai is presenting on 20 June
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar. 

CCS staff and 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

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

What's on at CCS 19-23 June 2017

Mon 19/06/2017 12:30 Alfred Psychiatry Grand Round: Dr Sebastian Radmanesh
Tue 20/06/2017 10:00 Department of Diabetes student journal club: Danny Thogerson
11:00 PhD Mid Candidature review: Maria Selvadurai
Wed 21/06/2017 11:30 Immunology Seminar: Saeed Al-Rashdi
Thur 22/06/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Kirsty Wilson
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Keeping Children Safe

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3MT CCS heat is on! Tue 27 Jun - all welcome

Aron Hill in the 2016 CCS heat: video
Support our PhD students by coming along to the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) heat for Central Clinical School on Tuesday 27 June 2017! The 3MT event was established in 2008 by University of Queensland and has become international, as it is a very popular and effective showcase for PhD students to make their often highly technical research accessible for a lay audience.

Details
  • Venue: Lecture theatre, level 5, Alfred Centre
  • Date: Tuesday 27 June 2017
  • Time: 2-3 pm
  • All welcome! The audience also gets to vote, and a prize is awarded to the People's Choice winner
  • See CCS's 2016 3MT video playlist
This year's competing CCS students

Ms Emily King
Supervisors: Dr Brian Drew, Dr Darren Henstridge, Dr Anna Calkin
Thesis title: Does skeletal muscle mitochondrial dysfunction cause insulin resistance?
Department: Baker Institute


Ms Mahtab Parvaresh
Supervisors: Dr Daniel Andrews, Prof Steven Gerondakis
Thesis title: The role of NFKB molecules in NK cell development
Department: Immunology and Pathology

 

Mr Matthew Snelson
Supervisors: A/Prof Melinda Coughlan, Prof Mark Cooper, Dr Sih Min Tan
Thesis title: The effects of dietary advanced glycation endproducts on gut homeostasis and chronic kidney disease
Department: Diabetes

 
Ms Jacqueline Riddiford
Supervisors: Dr Caroline Gurvich, A/Prof Peter Enticott A/Prof Joanne Fielding
Thesis title: Social functioning and visual processing in autism spectrum disorder
Department: Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre

Mr Nikolce Kocovski
Supervisors: Prof David Tarlinton, Dr Steven Rockman, Prof Andrew Lew.
Thesis title: Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies to snake venom
Department: Immunology and Pathology



Mr Amlan Chakraborty
Supervisors: Prof Magdalena Plebanski, Prof Cordelia Selomulya, Dr Simon Royce, Dr Jennifer Boer.
Thesis title: Immunomodulatory role of functionalized nanoparticles on antigen presenting cells
Department: Immunology and Pathology

Ms Amy Wilson
Supervisors: Prof Magdalena Plebanski, Dr Andrew Stephens
Thesis title: Improving in vivo detection methods and immunomodulatory therapies for the treatment of high-grade serous ovarian cancers
Department: Immunology and Pathology

CCS publications update: 10-16 June 2017

A/Prof David Curtis and PhD student Ashlee
Conway are last & first authors on a paper
investigating a type of porphyria caused by a
particular gene mutation. See article
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed), Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (APOM), Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Immunology and Pathology, Medicine, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC), Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Surgery.   

14 Jun 2017

2018 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) CCS project index booklet now published

2018 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
CCS project index booklet
is now published
The 2018 Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) CCS project index booklet is now published. The following Central Clinical School departments have posted projects which are relevant for medical students intending to undertake a BMedSc(Hons) year:

Australian Centre for Blood  Diseases (ACBD)
Burnet Institute
Department of Diabetes
Department of Immunology and Pathology
Department of Infectious Diseases
Department of Medicine
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC)
Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc)
Department of Neuroscience
Department of Surgery

CCS nformation night is planned for 13 July. RSVP here

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Prof Mark Cooper

Professor Mark Cooper
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Mark Cooper is the Head of the Department of Diabetes and was recently made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to biomedical research in the field of Diabetes.

9 Jun 2017

Photo of the week: El-Osta group

2017 El-Osta group. L-R: Dr Jun Okabe, Mr Harikrishnan Kaipananickal, Dr Mark Ziemann, Mr Antony Kaspi, Ms Hanah Rodriguez, Dr Ishant Khurana, Dr Gulcan Sarila, Mr Sameer Jadaan, Prof Sam El-Osta, Dr Haloom Rafehi, Mr Scott Maxwell, Ms Nazanin Karimnia. See link.
Recent highlights are Gulcan Sarila's completion of her PhD and the Tel-Aviv/Monash new collaboration.


What's on at CCS 12-16 June 2017

Dr Isaak Quast, Research Fellow
Tarlinton group, presents 15 June
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar. 
CCS staff and 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

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

What's on at CCS 12-16 June 2017

Mon 12/06/2017 all day Queen's Birthday public holiday
Tue 13/06/2017 16:00 Department of Diabetes student journal club
Wed 14/06/2017 11:30 Mid-Year Honours Final Research Seminar
11:30 Immunology Seminar: Stephanie Gras (Monash Clayton)
Thur 15/06/2017 11:30 Cutting Edge Journal Club: Isaak Quast
12:00 The Alfred Grand Round: Legal Counsel David Ruschena and a panel who will discuss the “Clinical, Legal and Social Issues of Family Violence”

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CCS Publications update: 3-9 June 2017

Jane group has a recent publication on
normal red cell production and anaemia
See reference.
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD),  Infectious Diseases, Medicine and Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC).

8 Jun 2017

Win for “Citizen Science”: A/Prof Elliott awarded Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award

Associate Professor Julian Elliott
Congratulations to A/Prof Julian Elliott, who was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research 2017 at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday night. The medal is bestowed annually to the top-ranked Career Development Fellowship applicant through the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Taking a lateral approach to curing sleep apnea

Sleeping on your side helps reduce apnea events. Image: Getty
by Anne Crawford

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common yet serious disorder in which obstruction of the throat (upper airway) causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start, resulting in fragmented sleep, sleep deprivation, daytime tiredness and leaving OSA patients liable to a number of health risks.

Curiously, although obesity is the strongest risk factor for developing OSA, weight loss – while it can improve the severity of OSA – rarely cures it.

Translational Research Symposium Speaker Spotlight - Professor Terence O'Brien

Professor Terence O'Brien
Monash University's 3rd annual Translational Research Symposium is being hosted by its three metropolitan clinical schools on 31 July 2017. The symposium will host a diverse group of medical researchers presenting their work into translational research. RSVP here.

Professor Terence O'Brien is from the Department of Medicine, The Royal Melbourne and Western Hospital, at The University of Melbourne.

6 Jun 2017

Congratulations to Gulcan Sarila on her PhD!

Congratulations to Gulcan Sarila on the completion of her PhD! Gulcan's thesis title is, "Role of histone methyltransferase Set7 in cardiac gene regulation and mitochondrial function”, and she was supervised by Professor Sam El-Osta and Dr Jun Okabe. Gulcan is continuing to work with Sam El-Osta as a postdoctoral research fellow.

See more about the group's research at:
www.med.monash.edu/cecs/diabetes/research/el-osta-group.html

Congratulations to "Deadeye" Gavin Horrigan!

Gavin Horrigan with his cornucopia
of prizes from a shooting competition
AMREP Precinct Manager Gavin Horrigan had a huge day shooting at Ararat on Saturday 3 June. He didn’t miss a single target in three events totalling seventy (70) targets!

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