6 Apr 2014

Photo of the week

This week we feature the AMREP Flow Cytometry resources. Pictured is a BD LSR-Fortessa LASER routing - optical pathways. 4 LASER, 16 fluorescence parameter detection, with high throughput (HTS) 96 well plate reader. Located CCS, 2nd floor Immunology. The team running the resource is Phil Donaldson (AMREP Flow Cytometrist), Jeanne Le Masurier (Assistant Manager) and Geza Paukovics (Facility Manager). See more http://www.amrep.org.au/resources/research-platforms-2/flow-cytometry/
See a selection of CCS images using Pinterest. Please see and/or follow at http://pinterest.com/CCSMonash/central-clinical-school-monash-university/. 

Events calendar

What's on for this week

Mon Apr 7 9:00 AM 8th Annual AMREP World Health Day Forum
Tue Apr 8 12:00 PM Haemostasis/Thrombosis Clinical Cases and Journal Club
12:00 PM Issues in Research Translation Science - Prof Jeremy Grimshaw
3:00 PM Skills workshop for graduate research students: Employment interviews
3:30 PM PhD Mid-candidature review seminar - Miss Elyse Di Marco
Wed Apr 9, 12:00 PM Clinical Pathology Review (CPR)
12:30 PM PhD Confirmation of Candidature seminar: Mr Timothy Gottschalk

Forthcoming events

Mon Apr 14 4:00 PM CCS Travel grants Round 1 - Applications deadline
Tue Apr 15 10 AM The new PhD program: Information session
11 AM PhD Mid-candidature review Mr Thomas Fulford
2:00 PM Skills workshop for Honours and HDR students: Introduction to oral presentation
Wed Apr 1612:30PMPhD Mid-candidature review Ms Khairiyyah Mohd Hanafiah

Congratulations to Christina Chang for her PhD award

Dr Chang presenting
Congratulations to Dr Christina Chang, who has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for her thesis, "Immunopathogenesis and diagnosis of Cryptococcosis-associated Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome (C-IRIS) in persons living with HIV". It was accepted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree by the Graduate Research Steering Committee on Tuesday 1 April 2014.The degree and title will be conferred upon graduation. Christina's supervisors were Professor Sharon Lewin, Dr Julian Elliott, Professor Martyn French and Associate Professor Eunice Moosa.

Media Mentions

03/04/2014 Professor Sharon Lewin, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, comments on a research breakthrough that can awaken a dormant HIV virus and lure it out of infected cells so it may be destroyed. Business Review Australia

03/04/2014 Dr Steve Ellen, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, says airbrushing in magazines is believed to be linked to increasing rates of eating disorders and depression. 720 ABC Perth

Participants sought: Research studies on depression, smoking cessation

Predicting optimized treatment in depression
The purpose of this study is to investigate patient response versus non patient response (i.e “controls” – defined as participants who do not suffer from depression and are not on medication) to antidepressant medications. A combination of brain measures (physical and mental) and body functions will be analysed to determine patient response to antidepressant medications using genetic, psychological and physiological measures. Currently, there are no accurate predictors of how patients will respond to antidepressant treatment.  See more: Link

Smoking cessation, mental health and medication
This study will examine important safety aspects (such as agitation, aggression and depression) of the drugs varenicline and bupropion compared to placebo (“dummy pills” that do not contain any medicine) and nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT or “the patch”) in smokers with or without a history of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. See more: Link

Staff updates

Welcome and Farewell
New starters
Dr Catherine Carmichael
Dr Catherine Carmichael, postdoctoral Fellow, Mammalian Functional Genetics Group, ACBD
Mrs Angela Vitali

Separated staff
Dr Anita Horvath
Ms Melissa Kirkovski
Ms Rohimah Mohamud