Monday, 19 December 2016

SCS student graduates with MBBS and PhD

Dr Alison Browning and
Professor Michelle Leech
Congratulations Dr Alison Browning who graduated last week with a double degree.  

A student at the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) and the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Alison was the only student who graduated last Tuesday with her MBBS and PhD.

Alison's thesis examined the link between stomach inflammation (gastritis) and gastric cancer, the second-most lethal cancer in the world.

"Using a preclinical mouse model which develops gastritis and tumours, we identified the role of a protein complex in the stomach called the inflammasome in triggering the growth of stomach tumours," said Alison.

"Increased expression of these inflammasomes is also observed in human gastric cancer tissue biopsies, suggesting that they may serve as a potential therapeutic target in the future."

Alison was supervised by Associate Professor Brendan Jenkins and Professor William Sievert.

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