Monday, 12 December 2016

CID Weekly Seminar: 12pm Tuesday 13 December, "New Roles for Complement in ANCA associated Vasculitis"

Dr Jonathan Dick
12:00 - 1:00pm, Seminar Room 1, Level 2, TRF Building

Dr Jonathan Dick
Nephrologist, Department of Nephrology, Monash Health
Postgraduate Student, Centre for Inflammatory Diseases

New Roles for Complement in ANCA associated Vasculitis 

Dr Jonathan Dick is a clinician studying for a PhD supervised by Professors Stephen Holdsworth and Richard Kitching. He read Medicine at the University of Oxford and University College London before training in General Medicine and Nephrology in London. His research interest is in the role of the complement system in ANCA associated vasculitis.

Mr Nathan Kuk
Postgraduate Student, Centre for Inflammatory Diseases
Human Amniotic Epithelial Cells in Hepatic and Gastrointestinal Disorders

Human Amniotic Epithelial Cells (hAECs) are an exciting new form of stem cell therapy used extensively in dermatology, ophthalmology and most recently, respiratory medicine. Displaying anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties, hAECs possess numerous advantages over more traditional forms of cellular therapy. Their use in hepatic and gastrointestinal disorders however is not as well documented. Overtaking viral hepatitis and alcoholic liver disease as the main causes of chronic liver disease, the incidence and prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is dramatically increasing due to its association with obesity and the metabolic syndrome. A proportion of patients with NAFLD eventually develop steatohepatitis (NASH), increasing their risk of cirrhosis and hepatic carcinoma. Alarmingly, there are no effective therapies for NAFLD and NASH and transplantation remains the only cure in cases of cirrhosis. As such, this posits the question, could hAECs be used to treat NAFLD? 

This is the last seminar for 2016.

CID seminars will commence again in mid February.

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 []

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