Presented by Dr Alberta Hoi
Head of Lupus Clinic, Monash Medical Centre
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Monash University
The Monash Lupus Clinic recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. At its inception in late 2006, it was modelled as the first multi-disciplinary lupus clinic in Australia, and to combine clinical activity with research. I will present our journey in the diversification of research activities, from biomarker translational research to the establishment of a national registry and biobank (the Australian Lupus Registry and Biobank), as well as other clinical research activities collaborating with local and international partners.Dr Alberta Hoi is a rheumatologist and translational researcher focussing on systemic lupus erythematosus and other systemic rheumatic diseases. She currently holds positions as the Head of Lupus Clinic at Monash Medical Centre and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine, where she oversees patient care, education, and clinical research initiatives in SLE.
Over the years she has had significant experience in clinical and translational research, including completing a NHMRC PhD scholarship in immunology examining the pathogenetic role of the proinflammatory cytokine Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) in systemic lupus erythematosus. She plays an active role in a number of investigator-initiated SLE studies and clinical trials.
At SCS she is the clinical lead of the Lupus & Arthritis Group, and has rolled out the national disease registry (the Australian Lupus Registry & Biobank) which is now a valuable research resource that fosters collaboration between translational scientists and clinicians. She oversees a number of research projects of her students, including the validation of a low lupus disease activity state and effects of healthcare quality on disease outcomes. Dr Alberta Hoi is the chair for the Australian Rheumatology Association SLE Interest Group (SLESIG), and co-chair for the Australian Lupus Registry & Biobank steering committee, and a steering member of the Asia-Pacific Lupus Collaboration.
A light lunch is served prior to the seminar at 11:45am in the seminar room foyer, level 2, TRF Building.
Further information, including the link to add the seminar series to your google calendar, is available from CID Weekly Seminar Series website [http://www.med.monash.edu.au/scs/medicine/cid/seminar-series.html]