3 Feb 2017

Photo of the Week: Professor Mark Cooper, Order of Australia!

Professor Mark Cooper AO is seen here presenting in the 2016 Central Clinical School postgraduate symposium. He is the inaugural Head of the newly formed Department of Diabetes in the Central Clinical School. His lifetime career is diabetes research, and Mark was awarded an Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list. See more about Mark in our feature article and about the new Department of Diabetes in a story republished from the Australian Jewish News. We will be profiling our new Department's researchers and their work as they settle in over the next few months.

Forthcoming CCS events: 6-10 Feb

Kevin Huynh, PhD student
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 6-10 Feb 2017

CCS Publications from 9 Dec 2016 - 3 Feb 2017

PhD student Aron Hill, A/Prof Kate Hoy and Prof Paul
Fitzgerald (not pictured) are co-authors on a paper
discussing the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the departments of the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD), Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine (AIRMed), Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Gastroenterology, Immunology & Pathology, Infectious Diseases, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc), Medicine, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC), National Trauma Research Institute and Surgery.

Due to the summer break we have a bumper issue this week with 87 publications!

Trial into mouthwash treatment for gonorrhoea expands

Listerine does kill gonorrhea bacteria.
Image: simarik via Getty Images
by Anne Crawford

The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) and Monash University’s Central Clinical School have expanded a trial to further investigate a finding made last year that use of a commercially available mouthwash could curb the rising rate of gonorrhoea.

Preliminary research published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections in December found that a one-off rinsing and gargling Listerine could inhibit the growth of the bacteria responsible for pharyngeal gonorrhoea.

Healthmap putting HIV patients on the road to better health

L-R: Andrew Way (Alfred Health CEO), Dr Julian Elliott and
Professor Sharon Lewin (Doherty Institute Director)
by Anne Crawford

A novel program that helps people with HIV manage their own health is striking a chord with participants in an Australia-wide trial led by Monash University and Alfred Hospital researchers.

HealthMap links people with HIV with health care coaches in a program aimed at countering the increased risk of diseases associated with the lifelong illness, such as heart attack and cancer. The program uses phone-based coaching and an online shared health record to give participants a clear summary of their health status and support and resources to improve their health and quality of life.

2 Feb 2017

Congratulations to Professor Mark Cooper AO!

Professor Mark Cooper AO was awarded
an Order of Australia on 26 January 2017
Congratulations to Professor Mark Cooper AO, who has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to biomedical research in the field of diabetes, as well as for his service to medical education.

Mark's research interests are in diabetes and its three major complications: kidney disease, heart disease and blindness. He is the inaugural head of the new Department of Diabetes at Central Clinical School and maintains an active clinical practice at the Alfred as a senior endocrinologist. Mark was the Chief Scientific Officer of the Baker Institute.

Professor Paul Zimmet AO, one of the field's pioneer researchers in diabetes epidemiology, Professor of Diabetes at Monash University and former Director Emeritus, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, commended Mark on his award. He said, "This is wonderful national recognition for Mark, already recognised as one of the international leaders in diabetes research. Mark and his team are indisputably one of the peer groups in diabetes research in the world and are a great acquisition for Monash."

New Department of Diabetes for Central Clinical School

Professors Paul Zimmet (left) and Mark Cooper
By Phoebe Roth, reproduced courtesy Australian Jewish News

A pair of prominent Jewish diabetologists are at the forefront of Monash University’s new Department of Diabetes, the first and only university department specifically focusing on diabetes in the country. The department began operating at the beginning of this year and is expected to have an official opening in the coming months.

At its head is Professor Mark Cooper AO, an internationally renowned expert in diabetes who has just been made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Congratulations to Prof Paul Myles for his Doctor of Science award!

Congratulations to Professor Paul Myles, who has been awarded a Doctor of Science (DSc) from Monash University for his thesis, "Development of Large Clinical Trials in Perioperative Medicine with an Emphasis on the effectiveness and safety of Nitrous oxide."

This award is made for "work that makes an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge  in a field with which the faculty is concerned" (Monash University).

Paul's thesis describes the large clinical trials which he has been leading and involved in since the 1990s and proposes a research program for addressing a major clinical question in anaesthesia: should nitrous oxide be retired from contemporary practice because of its suspected inferior safety profile?

Paul heads the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at The Alfred and in the Central Clinical School.

30 Jan 2017

CCS Doctoral Student Profile - My-Nhan Nguyen

By Eliza Watson


My-Nhan Nguyen at the 2016 CCS
Graduate student symposium
My-Nhan is a PhD student in the Experimental Cardiology lab at the Baker Research Institute where she is supervised by A/Prof Xiao-Jun Du and A/Prof Julie McMullen. My-Nhan studied an undergraduate degree in Science majoring in Physiology where she gained an interest in cardiovascular disease, which she has continued with in her Honours and PhD studies.

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.

Grant opportunities - reminders for deadlines on CCS calendars

Astrid Whitbread, our Central Clinical School Research Manager, regularly emails details of various opportunities to the school. She is also posting deadline reminders to our CCS calendar, which you can see either in our intranet or on our Events web page (example marked at left):
See also the 2017 Prizes and Awards Calendar as prepared by the Faculty for Jan-April 2017: LINK (authcate access only)

Job opportunity: Operations Administrator - Central Clinical School

Position vacant:
  • Role: Operations Administrator HEW 5
  • Location: Alfred Hospital
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Duration: Eight month fixed-term appointment
  • Closing date 15 Feb 2017
  • Enquiries: Ms Aushra Saldukas, Operations Manager, 03 9903 0958
  • Further information: See link
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