2 Nov 2014

Photo of the week: Visiting immunologist Virginia Pascual

Dr Virginia Pascual, Baylor Institute of
Immunology Research, USA
The Monash Department of Immunology and the Burnet Institute are hosting an afternoon symposium, "Dendritic Cells, Interferon and Vaccines", on 24 November 2014. All welcome.
Two international speakers will be attending, Dr Virginia Pascual (pictured) and Dr Jacques Banchereau.

Events: HDR seminars, public events, general notices

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.

What's on for this week

Mon Nov 31:30 PMPsychiatry Professorial Grand Round - Dr Leo Chen
Tue Nov 411:00 AMPhD Mid-candidature review - Ms Maha Bakhuraysah
Wed Nov 59:00 AM7th Annual ANZSCDB Melbourne Cell and Developmental Biology Symposium

1:30 PMWednesday Seminar Series: Abhirup Jayasimhan
Thu Nov 65:30 PMPublic forum: Respect Research - Securing Australia's future
Fri Nov 710:30 AMPublic address to CCS staff by the New VC of Monash

Forthcoming events

Mon Nov 10 1:30 PM Psychiatry Professorial Grand Round - Prof. Jayashri Kulkarni

2:00 PM PhD Pre-submission reivew - Miss Melissa Kirkovski
Tue Nov 11 11:25 AM PhD Mid-candidature review - Ms Maha Bakhuraysah
Wed Nov 12 9:00 AM ACBD Haematology one day symposium
Wed Nov 12
The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation applications due

12:30 PM PhD Pre-submission review - Ms Janet Gare
Wed Nov 19 10:00 AM 2014 AMREP Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium
To save a particular event to your own calendar, please click on the "Google calendar" icon found near the event name.  Various Departments have their own calendars: See CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html

Major CCS events

2014 Postgraduate symposium

Marina Iacovou presenting
at the 2013 CCS symposium

Central Clinical School invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium.
Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014
Lecture Theatre, level 5, Alfred Centre for oral presentations and hallway for poster presentations and refreshments.
Enquiries: Laisa Tigarea, hdr.ccs@monash.edu.
RSVP link
Students have the opportunity to explain their research to other students and by participating, will foster collaborations, networking and a greater awareness of the expertise and research being conducted at AMREP. Current PhD students will be running the program, including chairing the presentations: Ms Jodie Abramovitch (chair), Ms Kai Sin Lee, Ms Sara Mohktar, Mr Timothy Colgan and Mr Man Kit Lee, assisted by Ms Dussy Kuttner.   Participants will be judged by a panel of senior academics and postdocs. Attractive monetary prizes will be given for outstanding work.  For more information, please visit: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/education/hdr-symposium.html

12 Nov 2014 ACBD Clinical Haematology symposium

The Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD) is hosting a one day symposium with speakers on a broad range of topics. See flier for details and below.
  • Date: Wednesday 12 November 2014
  • Time: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
  • Host: ACBD 
  • Location: AMREP Lecture Theatre (AMREP Education Centre)
  • Speakers: ACBD researchers
  • Topic: Clinical Haematology Symposium
  • Twitter tag for following live tweets: #ACBD_Haem
  • Cost: free
  • Registration: not required
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Roisin Brisoe Ph: 9903 0122 Em: roisin.briscoe@monash.edu

Immunology/Burnet symposium: Dendritic cells, interferon and vaccines - 24 Nov 2014

The Monash Department of Immunology and the Burnet Institute are hosting an afternoon symposium, "Dendritic Cells, Interferon and Vaccines", on 24 November 2014. Two international speakers will be attending, Dr Virginia Pascual and Dr Jacques Banchereau. The event is free, all welcome - please RSVP for catering.

Congratulations to Fabienne Mackay, Eric Chow and Jeffrey Rosenfeld

The AMREP Research Prize 2014 for the article describing original basic research published in the journal with the highest impact factor in 2013 was awarded to Professor Fabienne Mackay (Department of Immunology, Monash University). The prize was one of a suite awarded for work presented during the Alfred Research Week 27-31 October 2014. See more.

Dr Eric Chow's poster won the Burnet Prize for Infectious Diseases Research from  those submitted for the Alfred Research Week. The poster was entitled ‘Ongoing decline in genital warts among young heterosexuals seven years after the Australian Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme’.  See more.

Professor Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld is the new Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering. See more

Publication highlights

Lung Transplantation as Rescue Therapy
A recent study has looked at an increasing demand for lung transplantation in patients in advanced respiratory failure. Although many of these patients do not require mechanical ventilation or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, an increasing number are critically ill. The study analyses lung transplantation in subjects who were inpatients at the time of their transplant and not expected to survive to discharge. Click here to read the full study.
How do you treat phantom pain?
A recent study co-authored by CCS researcher Dr Carolyn Arnold found that due to the disruption to multiple neural networks in the case of a phantom pain—including sensory and motor, multiple treatment approaches are required. See more.

The Art of Thinking
The European Respiratory Journal is publishing a series of essays by Associate Professor Tom Kotsimbos (Department of Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory medicine) over 2014. The essays feature key pieces of revolutionary European art spanning the last 500 years to spark cross-disciplinary conversations, insights and extrapolations the “Art of Thinking” between the Arts, Science and Philosophy. October's essay looks at the art of Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt. See more.

Parkinson's and gut biota
CCS researchers conducted a study this year which looked at small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in Parkinson's disease, and a possible association with gastrointestinal symptoms and worse motor function. See more.

Perimenopausal depression is different
MAPrc researchers have published a study which found that symptoms of depression during perimenopause were found to present as subtly different to that seen during the childbearing years, with milder symptoms of depression, increased anger, reduced sleep quality, and increased fatigue that was independent of sleep quality.  See more

3MT videos from the 2014 CCS student heat: Ben Fancke, Sara Mokhtar and Kye Hanafiah

Sara Mokhtar. See video
Ben Fancke. See video
Kye Hanafiah. See video

Central Clinical School #PhD students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university.
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Media mentions

29/10/2014 Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, MAPrc, comented on Munchausen Syndrome. Channel 7, Sydney
3/11/2014 Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, says the role of oestrogen in the development of mood disorders needs to be considered, especially in periods of vulnerability such as post-childbirth and menopause.
Medical Observer