8 Aug 2014

64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

The Australian delegation 
with Minister Andrew Robb 
(David Fisher)
Central Clinical School's Rebecca Segrave recently attended the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Germany, along with 37 Nobel laureates in science and 600 early career researchers from all over the world. She is featured in ABC's Science Show which can be viewed here.

According to Rebecca, the week was an inspirational one.

"The week has exceeded every expectation that I had. It has been inspirational. I'd seen the motto or the slogan—inspire, educate, connect—but I didn't really identify with it, and all of those things have been true for all of us and I think that is what has made the meeting. We are inspired in a way we never imagined we would be at the start of the week".

3 Aug 2014

Photo of the week

At Monash Open Day, Sunday 3 August, at the halls of residence. The Clayton campus looked (and sounded) idyllic, with emerald green lawns and landscaped native gardens shrieking with rosellas. The organisation was superlative, and it was wonderful to have friendly, helpful ambassadors everywhere. For more photos of the open day and other Monash activities, see Monash Facebook page. Our own CCS student information night is coming up, 14 August.
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HDR seminars and major CCS events

All event notices are maintained on the CCS Events calendars (including local events such as professional development and trade fairs and HDR calendars). For a consolidated view, details of events and to see all events and deadlines, see Announcements. Various Departments have their own calendars, see CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

What's on for this week

Mon Aug 412:30 PMPsychiatry Professorial Grand Round
Fri Aug 81:30 PMHDR Milestone Review - Ms Tanya Millard

Forthcoming events

Tue Aug 1210:00AM2014 CCS 3MT competition
Thu Aug 14 6:00 PM 2014 AMREP student information night
Fri Aug 29 1:30 PM Monash Institute of Medical Engineering Meeting


Major CCS events

2014 CCS 3MT competition

2013 CCS 3MT winners

Central Clinical School HDR students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. The CCS 3 Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for HDR students to convey the relevance and importance of their research in just 3 minutes.  2014 CCS 3MT will be held on Tuesday 12 August 10-11am at Lecture theatre, Level 5, Alfred Centre.  Please come along and support the participants.  All welcome.   CLICK HERE to RSVP.  Please visit the CCS 3MT competition page for participants' profiles and other information. 

14 August 2014 AMREP student information night

Please see: 2015 CCS Postgraduate and Honours project index booklet (806 kb pdf) for the projects on offer for 2015.
  • Time: 6-8pm
  • Venue: AMREP lecture theatre, 80 Commercial Road, Melbourne 3004
  • Enquiries: hdr.ccs@monash.edu ph +61 3 9903 0027

Congratulations: Microsoft Imagine Cup won by Monash students

At the award

Monash University medical students, Jarrel Seah (in Central Clinical School) and Jennifer Tang (in School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine), on Eyenaemia mobile phone app. They have just won the biggest student tech prize in the world, the Microsoft Imagine Cup.
The Age, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, and 139 other online publications.

The Future of Research: MNHS Research Week 18-22 August 2014

Research Week is a series of seminars and workshops aimed primarily at Early Career Researchers and Higher Degree by Research students in the Faculty. The target audience is indicated against each event below.
Please register where appropriate as spaces for all events are limited.

Clinical updates: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation - should it be opt-in?

Image: www.mja.com.au
A controversial proposal to end cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the “universal default” for hospital inpatients and replace it with an opt-in system has generated heated debate among doctors and lawyers. In a “For debate” article published on 28 July by the MJA, Associate Professor Michele Levinson, head of the Cabrini-Monash Department of Medicine and research fellow Dr Amber Mills, challenged the idea that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was a patient’s right, arguing that “a CPR discussion should occur on admission for all elderly hospital inpatients”. Story link.

Research highlights: investigating why bypass grafts & stents fail

Dr Anthony Dear, ACBD
Neointimal hyperplasia, an injury related vascular response, accounts for the occlusion and failure of up to 50% of bypass grafts and stents used in the treatment of coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease and constitutes a considerable health and economic burden to the community. Recent research conducted in Dr Anthony Dear's lab at the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases in collaboration with Professor Robert Widdop, Monash Department of Pharmacology, suggests that ;"epigenetic" mechanisms may be involved in the neointimal hyperplasia response.

Media mentions

28/07/2014 Professor Sharon Lewin, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, comments on why anti-HIV drugs stop the virus from replicating in the body. Weekend West Perth
29/07/2014 Professor Lewin discussed the AIDS2014 conference.  She explained that this year's theme, "Stepping up the Pace", comes at a "critical time" in the global response to HIV. Australian Jewish News

28/07/2014 Professor Peter Gibson, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, commented on  health concerns of a grain free diet. 
Radio National
31/07/2014 A Monash University study saw patients claiming to have Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity followed diets that contained different levels of gluten. AFR

29/07/2014 Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, MAPrc, discussed why the shooting down of MH17 has had such a profound effect in Australia, making many afraid to book tickets abroad.
ABC North West WA

29/07/2014 Associate Professor Michele Levinson (pictured), Cabrini-Monash University Department of Medicine, and research fellow Amber Mills, comments on a controversial proposal to end cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the “universal default” for hospital inpatients and replace it with an opt-in system.
Medical Journal of Australia https://www.mja.com.au/insight/2014/27/opt-cpr-dispute

Staff news

Please welcome Madeline Wills to MAPrc!  Maddy is volunteering through Deakin University Bachelor of Psychology . She is working alongside Emmy Gavrilidis  assisting with admin and clinical work.  Maddy is studying Bachelor of Psychology aiming for clinical or research psychology.
She is interested in major clinical psychological disorders, trauma and grief.  Maddy is from Australia and she enjoys studying, gym, reading and travel.