Monday, 22 December 2014

Monash University Education and Research Precinct at new Children’s Hospital

A Monash University Paediatrics Education and Research Precinct will be part of the new Monash Children’s Hospital at Clayton thanks to a recent funding commitment by the University.

The Monash University Council has committed $6 million to fund the precinct to support teaching, clinical research and administration of paediatric programs at one of Australia’s largest children’s hospitals.

“A prominent Monash University presence in the Monash Children’s Hospital (MCH) is vital for connecting clinical care, research and education,” said Head of Paediatrics Professor Nick Freezer.

Outstanding student achievement recognised

Outstanding student achievement was celebrated at the Faculty’s 2014 Student Awards Ceremony, held at at Clayton campus and hosted by Deputy Dean MBBS, Professor Michelle Leech last Tuesday. 
The annual event recognises and rewards the Faculty’s brightest students for their success in the academic year.  We would like to congratulate the following SCS students and staff who received awards and prizes:  
Undergraduate Prizes
Monash Health Board of Management Prize

Lukas Sahhar
The Bryan Hudson Prize in Medicine

Laura Eades
Department of Paediatrics Monash Health Children’s Program – Arthur Clark Award in Paediatrics
Tony He

The Graeme Smith Senior Medical Staff Prize in Psychological Medicine
Gabrielle Stokes

Queen Victoria Medical Centre Prize in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rohan Hardikar

Prince Henry's Prize in Surgery
Harsh Dubey

Monash Health Emergency Medicine Prize
Mikael Dunlop

Student Intern Awards

Monash Health Senior Medical Staff Prize for best student intern

Joel Kuan
School of Clinical Sciences Student Internship Excellence Award 
Adam Peterson
Kenneth Lin
Ellice Jane Hammond Prize for excellence in student internship within Monash Health
Jennifer Shi Ning Tan

Teaching Committee Awards

Student’s Choice Award for Distinguished Teaching
Lisa Vallender

School of Clinical Sciences Award for Distinguished Teaching Service 
Philip Graves

School of Clinical Sciences Year Supervisor’s Award
Robert Meek

Prizes for Medical Student Research

Shaun Summers Award for Medical Student Research   

Laura Eades
Stephen Holdsworth Award for Medical Student Research

Laura Eades
David Healy Award for Medical Student PhD Research
Karinna Fyfe

PhD training scholarships available in male reproductive health

As part of a unique collaboration between Monash University in Australia and Justus Liebig University-Giessen in Germany, PhD students enrolled at Monash University undertake 12 months collaborative research at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, with the option of receiving a joint degree award from both Universities. The Training Group already has enrolled 8 students based at Giessen, and 5 students based at Monash University or the MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research at Monash Medical Centre. English is the language spoken in all participating laboratories and training programs.                                      Please see further details here.

Meet our ECRs - Dr Tali Lang

Can you explain your research?

I work with Dr. James Harris and Professor Eric Morand as an immunologist/cell biologist. My area of research aims to elucidate the roles of innate immune cells, such as macrophages and dendritic cells, as well as understand how normal catabolic processes, e.g. autophagy, can influence host immune responses in autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) and arthritis.  I am also currently investigating the mechanisms through which macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) influences inflammatory cytokine responses, specifically in autoimmune diseases.

What skills do you have that you could share with your colleagues?
Through my work I have developed a fairly broad set of experimental techniques. My main area of expertise is in cell biology and molecular biology. I am proficient in a number of cell based assays which include culturing of both established and primary derived cell cultures, cell proliferation assays, ELISAs and luciferase reporter assays. In the molecular department I am very experienced in qPCR, western blot analysis and co-immunoprecipitations. I have also used confocal microscopy for co-localisation studies.  

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was 12 years old I watched the movie As the band played on. It was a very moving film about an epidemiologist and his quest into finding a cure and putting more research into HIV/AIDS. This movie had a profound effect on me and from that day onwards I had a passion and knew I wanted to become a scientific researcher to help humanity. 

What do you enjoy doing outside work?

I am a very sociable and fun loving person who enjoys the outdoors, so on weekends I like to go out with friends and explore new places around Melbourne and surrounds. I also like to do some kind of physical activity such as dancing, go for runs or walks and sometimes indulge in a game of pitch and putt golf. In the summer going to the beach, snorkelling, sea kayaking, camping and hiking are a must.
Something your work colleagues probably don’t know about you?
I am a bit of a revhead. I love motorsport…..not so much watching it on TV but actually driving fast cars. I have driven V8 supercars around Sandown racecourse and I love tearing up the track go-karting. Love the adrenalin of going fast!!   

2015 Advancing Women's Research Success Grant Program - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The 2015 Advancing Women’s Research Success Grant Program is now open for applicationsHigh performing academic women at Levels B and C with primary carer responsibilities are encouraged to apply. Application form and guidelines are attached.  Please note that while the extent of an applicant’s carer responsibilities will be taken into account in selection, the first criterion for the award is research excellence and research potential.

Recipients of a 2014 Advancing Women's Research Success Grant are not eligible to apply for a grant this year. However, recipients of a 2012 or 2013 grant may reapply for the 2015 round of grants.

Applications (and supporting material) should be submitted to by Friday 13 February, 2015. They will then be sent to the Senior Deputy Dean (Research) for ranking.  Application form available here     Grant guidelines here 

Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Contact Singapore is a non-profit organization under the Singapore government. They promote careers in Singapore as well as facilitate students and professionals who are interested to work in Singapore.  
The ​Singapore ​National Research Foundation (NRF), Contact Singapore's sister agency​,​ was set up to help with the national direction for Singapore’s R&D. Every year, NRF invites researchers in the early stage of research careers to apply for the Singapore NRF ​F​ellowship. They welcome researchers in all disciplines of science and technology:
  • Engineering
  • Life Science
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Computer Science including ICT and interactive and digital media
The deadline​for ​submission of NRF ​F​ellowship application​s​ is 25 February 2015.  Further details are provided in the attached fact sheet and flyer.