Monday, 28 November 2016

3MT presentation - PhD student Catherine Cochrane presents her work on hedgehog signalling

2016 MHTP Research Week success

Professor Anne Kelso
The inaugural MHTP Research Week last week was an overwhelming success, attended by hundreds of researchers, clinicians, students and staff across the precinct.

Keynote speakers Monash University Chancellor Mr Simon McKeon AO and National Health and Medical Research Council CEO Professor Anne Kelso AO attracted standing-room only audiences.

Professor Kelso spoke about the impact of medical research on improvements in health care and services, funding pressures on researchers and future changes to the NHMRC.  If you missed her presentation, Professor Kelso’s slides are HERE.

View the 2016 MHTP Research Week photo gallery HERE.

Congratulations to the following poster prize winners.
Cancer 1st CA5 Dean Popovski
Cardiovascular 1st CV11 Brian Ko
Child Health and Neontal Health 1st CH19 Flora Wong
Diabetes, Obesity, Men’s Health and Endocrinology 1st EN10 David Scott
Inflammation & Infectious Diseases 1st ID2 Michaela Finsterbusch
Mental Health & Neurosciences 1st NS6 Thanh Phan
Women’s Health 1st WM16 Harriet Fitzgerald
Nursing and Midwifery 1st NM4 Christine East
Public Health & Health Services (including Ageing and Allied Health) 1st PH7 Amanda Thrift
EM/Anaesthetics/ICU/Trauma/Surgery 1st SU3 Simon Bell
Virginia Deswaerte 1st $1,000
Amy Winship 2nd $300
Le Son Tran 3rd $100

Monash doctor announced as 2017 John Monash Scholar

Dr Ling San Lau
Monash Children’s Hospital trainee Dr Ling San Lau has been awarded a prestigious John Monash Scholarship to undertake a Master of Public Health at Columbia University in international child health.

The General Sir John Monash Foundation announced the 20 John Monash Scholars for 2017 at the Sydney Opera House last week.  John Monash Scholarships are the most important postgraduate scholarships available in Australia and are awarded to outstanding Australians with leadership potential.

Dr Lau and Foundation Director Ms Lee Liberman
Over 140 leaders from business, government and the education sector attended the gala event which included keynote addresses by NSW Premier Mike Baird MP and Foundation Chairman Ms Jillian Segal AM.

A paediatric basic trainee, Dr Lau worked as a senior resident medical officer at Monash Children’s Hospital for six months this year in infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, nephrology/rheumatology and endocrinology.
Dr Lau will use the $130,000 scholarship to study at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.

“I plan to study a Master of Public Health in the Department of Population and Family Health, and will also gain a Certificate in Global Health,” said Dr Lau.

Dr Lau has a particular interest in paediatric infectious diseases, including multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and the broader global issue of antimicrobial resistance.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the generous support of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and my scholarship sponsors Helen and Michael Gannon for this exciting opportunity,” said Dr Lau.

“My mentors and colleagues at Monash Children's Hospital (including Associate Professor Jim Buttery), the Royal Children's Hospital, Royal Women's Hospital and Austin Hospital have also been fantastic and supportive.”

Premier Baird said the NSW government recognises the importance of identifying and nurturing the next generation of leaders who will be so crucial to our nation’s future and we are proud to support the General Sir John Monash Foundation.

SCS Social Club Christmas lunch, this Friday 2 December at 12.30pm

The SCS Social Club Christmas lunch is happening this Friday, 2nd December in the Surgery Seminar room on the 5th Floor of E Block.  Everyone is welcome.

The plans for this year have set a new benchmark in yummy, and the lunch will be catered for us by a company that specialises in spit roasting meats.   You'll dine on tender beef topside, and rolled pork with crunchy crackling, sides of roasted potatoes,  3 varieties of salad and all the Christmassy accompaniments, soft drinks and wine.

The Social Club are kindly subsiding the cost of this lunch, however we would appreciate a payment of $8.00 to cover the extra cost of the catering.

We  would also love some extra mains and deserts on the day, and for staff bringing dishes there is a list in the 5th Floor tea room, so please write what you intend to bring (& the $8.00 charge will be waived for those bringing in a plate).
Nicola (in SCS admin offices) is collecting for the lunch, so please drop your money in before Friday, or you may be able to catch her as she goes around offices on Wed and Thurs this week.

Let Christmas begin at SCS!

CID Weekly Seminar: "Lupus Research at Monash SCS", Tuesday 29 November

12:00 - 1:00pm, Tues 29 November, Seminar Room 1, Level 2, TRF Building

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 []

Grand rounds ""Genetics of the calcium sensing receptor signalling pathway and its clinical implications” 30 November

Presenter: Professor R.V. Thakker FRS FMedSci
Topic:  "Genetics of the calcium sensing receptor signalling pathway and its clinical implications”
Date: Wednesday 30 November 2016
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

CID Weekly Seminar: Tuesday 6 December, "Unravelling how NF-kB signalling controls Treg development and function"

12:00 - 1:00pm, Tuesday 6 December Seminar Room 1, Level 2, TRF Building, MHTP

Prof Steven Gerondakis
Professorial Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Monash University

We have previously reported that the NF-kB pathway controls Treg development in the thymus by promoting thymocyte commitment to this lineage and controlling the subsequent induction of Foxp3 in Treg precursors. However, the mechanisms by which NF-kB controls these steps are remain unclear. The post-developmental roles of NF-kB in Tregs also remain unclear. Here I will describe recently published data outlining the role of RelA in peripheral Treg function and revisit how we think c-Rel is controlling Treg development.
Prof Steve Gerondakis did his PhD at the WEHI characterising c-myc translocations in murine plasmacytomas (1980-18084), then undertook a post-doctoral stint in the lab of JM Bishop at UCSF (1984-1987) studying avian oncogenic viral induction of leukaemia. In 1988, he returned to WEHI to establish an independent lab during which time he developed his interest in NF-kB signalling. From 2008-2011, he held a professorial position at the Burnet Institute; from 2012-2014, he was a Professorial fellow at Monash Centre for Blood Diseases and currently is a Professorial fellow in the Monash Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where he continues his work on the diverse roles of theNF-kB pathway in immune development and inflammation.

Please contact Andrea Johannessen ( to schedule a meeting with Steve after the seminar.
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 []

IRTG Melbourne Reproductive Health and Biology Workshop, 8 December

Thursday 8 December, 12pm-5pm, seminar room 3, TRF, MHTP

Plenary talk by Professor Richard Anderson

Register HERE.

More information here.

Hudson Seminar, "Muscle stem cell action during growth and regeneration", 1 December

1 December, 12-1pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Monash Medical Centre
Speaker:  Professor Peter Currie, Director, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University 

Light refreshments to follow presentation outside the Lecture Theatre.

Peter D. Currie received his PhD in Drosophila genetics from Syracuse University, New York, USA. He undertook
postdoctoral training in zebrafish development at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK) in London, UK. He has worked as an independent laboratory head at the UK Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, UK and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, Australia where he headed a research programme focused on skeletal muscle development and regeneration.

His work is centred on understanding how the small freshwater zebrafish is able to build and regenerate both skeletal and cardiac muscle. 

In 2016 he was appointed Director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is a recipient of a European Molecular Biology Organization Young Investigators Award
and a Welcome Trust International Research Fellowship and currently is a Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia.

Ke Tang's PhD confirmation review seminar, 13 December

All staff and students are invited at attend Ke Tang's PhD confirmation review seminar.  Ke's project title is "The mechanistic role of TLR2, TLR9 and AIM2 in gastric cancer".

1pm-2pm, Tuesday, 13th December, Meeting Room 1, TRF Level 2, MHTP

Main Supervisor: Professor Brendan Jenkins
Associate Supervisor: Dr Daniel Gerald Croagh

Synopsis: Gastric cancer (GC) is the third most lethal cancer worldwide, and one of the classic examples of chronic inflammation-related carcinoma. The interaction between host innate immune system regulators (e.g. pattern recognition receptors, PRRs) and pathogens (e.g. Helicobacter pylori) contributes to gastric tumorigenesis. We focus on the mechanistic role of three such PRRs, TLR2, TLR9 and AIM2, in GC, and their relationships with hyper-activation of the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3, to identify new GC molecular targets to serve as personalised biomarkers for early detection and/or treatment strategies.

Panel Chair: Dr Anthony Sadler
Independent Assessor: Dr James Harris
Independent Assessor: Dr Michael Gantier

New research grants of up to $500,000 for citizen science open now

Applicants should note the following:
·  Funder Deadline: 4.00pm AEDT Friday 17 February 2017. Applications to be submitted online by the applicant 

·  Applicants should create an Application Record in myResearch/Pure and submit the record with the attached application to the Pre-approval workflow. MRO will then progress the application onto School/Faculty for approvalto support the submission. 
o Select Funding Organisation: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
o Select Funding OpportunityCitizen Science Grants

Last Monday, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt MP announced the Citizen Science Grants element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme, part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation Science Agenda.

Citizen Science Grants are competitive research grants of $50,000 to $500,000, for a period of up to three years.

Applications should be for research projects that involve a significant component of citizen science.

The grant round is open from now until 17 February 2017, to provide enough time for people to identify partners, projects and prepare applications.

More information, including the programme guidelines, can be found at, or in the attached fact sheet HERE.

Applicants can contact the Department on 13 28 46 for further information on the grants.

The VIIN is once again offering two Career Development Awards to Victorian postdoctoral researchers. The purpose of these awards is to assist early career researchers who have contributed to their discipline further their careers by attending the Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference.

Award Details:
The two successful applicants will receive full registration (priced at $630 each) at the Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference, 15-17 February 2017. If the successful applicant(s) have already paid for registration at the conference then their payment will be refunded.

Applicants must have completed their PhD within the last six years (with allowances for career disruptions) and must be an employee of one of VIIN's Contributor organisations. Past VIIN Career Development Award recipients are not eligible.

Applicants need to submit the following one page application form to by 02 December 2016:

Applications will be assessed by members of the VIIN Executive Committee and applicants will be notified of the outcome by email before 16 December 2016.

Email for further information and to submit your application form. If you have any trouble submitting your application or do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submission please email:

RGMS assistance sessions: applying for an ECF in 2017

RGMS assistance: applying for an ECF in 2017
The Monash Research Office (MRO) will be holding sessions to provide guidance to NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ECF) applicants in navigating the NHMRC's online grant management system, RGMS. The MRO will provide advice and tips to ECF applicants on how to populate their CV in RGMS.

These sessions will be of particular interest to early career researchers who will have either held their PhD for no more than two years at 30
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June 2017 (unless career disruptions exist) or be submitting their PhD thesis by 31 December 2017.

Sessions will be held in computer rooms or seminar rooms at Clayton, The Alfred, and Parkville. Registration is required to attend, and attendance numbers are capped due to space restrictions.

Please register below at the session you wish to attend.

1. Clayton - Wednesday 7th December 2016 2pm-3pm - Session 1
Location: CL_18Inn/157A PCLab, 18 Innovation Walk, Clayton Campus
Register here

2. Clayton - Wednesday 7th December 2016  3.30pm - 4.30pm -  Session 2
Location: CL_18Inn/157A PCLab, 18 Innovation Walk, Clayton Campus
Register here

3. The Alfred (AMREP) - Thursday 8th December 2016 - 10am - 11am
Location: Seminar Room 1, Level 5, The Alfred Centre.
Note: Attendees must bring their own laptops to this session only
Register here

4. Parkville - Friday 9th December 2016 - 3pm - 4pm
Location: PA_Manning/G05 PCLab2, Parkville Campus
Register here

Attendees will need to have an active RGMS account prior to the event. New RGMS user accounts can be requested at: Attendees should be mindful that it can take up to 48 hours for an RGMS account to become activated.
Please contact the Monash Research Office Medical Health Sciences team for any inquiries related to this information session:

We look forward to seeing you there!

GRAMS will be replaced in early 2017! Webinar on 9 December

Monash Graduate Education (MGE) is partnering with eSolutions and Monash HR to replace the Graduate Research Activity Management System (GRAMS) in early 2017.

GRAMS is an online system used by graduate research students to manage their professional development activities.
You are invited to a lunchtime webinar (‘Showcase’) to see a demonstration of the system replacing GRAMS; myDevelopment

§  Date:  Friday, 9 December 2016
§  Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm
§  Venue:  Webinar using Zoom technology
§  Registration is essential.  

§  Registrants will be sent an email and google calendar invite with the webinar connection details.
myDevelopment is an intuitive, cloud-based Learning Management System (a product of our technology partner, Cornerstone; a leading learning management solution specialist).

This is an opportunity for us to update you on progress and seek feedback on the new system.

Who should attend?
·         This demonstration is for interested graduate research students, supervisors, academic management and professional staff.
·         You will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the project team on your impressions of the features of the system via an online survey.  Your feedback will help the project team to understand from a graduate research student and supervisor perspective, what would optimise a positive student or supervisor user experience.

What will be showcased? 
·         The project team will demonstrate features of myDevelopment from a graduate research student perspective:
o   overview of branding and iconography
o    recap of the standard features from a student perspective
o    view and navigate the Welcome page
o    search/browse the learning catalogue to find a course
o    register for a professional development training session
o    view your event calendar
o    adding yourself to a waitlist and notification of new sessions
o    deregistering from a session
o   view completed training
o   calendar and email features
·         And from the supervisor perspective:
o    locating and viewing my students’ training records
 Joining the webinar on the day
§  Joining the webinar on the day is as simple as clicking on the link you will receive by email and google calendar invite.
§  You can join using a PC (desktop/laptop), Mac (desktop/laptop) or iPad.

Can't attend?
§  The presentation slides and a recording of the demo will be made available via the myDevelopment (GRAMS replacement) google site following the event.


§  If you have any questions about the upcoming Showcase, please feel free to contact the Faculty Research Office ( or Tom Keegan (email:

New SOBR Committee members needed for 2017!

The 2016 Committee is now accepting expressions of interest for the 2017 Committee!

The SOBR Committee changes each year, allowing the committee to grow and change thanks to the new perspective brought by new members from a diverse background. Being a part of SOBR is a great opportunity to learn new skills, and contribute to the local neuroscience community. SOBR is a fun and rewarding experience, promoting inter-institute collaboration.

If you are interested in being a part of SOBR next year, please send an email to by Wednesday 7th December at the latest. A handover meeting will occur December 15th at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Postgraduate Publication Awards (PPAs) - Round 1/2017

Applications for PPA Round 1 2017 are now open and will close on Sunday 1st January 2017.

This quarterly round applies to candidates who will be submitting their thesis between 1st January 2017 and 31 March 2017.
Please note changes to the PPA's for 2017.
  • As of Round 1, 2017 the PPA award will be for a maximum of 8 weeks (previously 12 weeks), in line with the examination duration. This change will also allow MGE to offer additional PPAs in 2017.
  • Ten applicants (previously 6 applicants) from each faculty may be nominated for each PPA round.
The PPA 2017 Guidelines and Round 1 Nomination Form are now available on the website.

The PPA scheme is designed to encourage graduate research students to disseminate their research  findings through publication in professional journals or books. The scheme provides an income equivalent to the APA rate for eight weeks. It is aimed at supporting students who, having submitted their thesis, wish to write up some of their research for publication whilst they await the result of their thesis examination.

Full details (guidelines and application form) are available on the MGE intranet –

Please note that preference is given to students who submit their thesis within three‐and‐ a‐half years (42 months, effective full‐time) of commencing a doctorate or two years (24 months Effective Full Time) of commencing a master’s. Where this time limit is exceeded, the supervisor must make a case within the application as to why this overrun has occurred, even if by a few days.

Applications must be submitted via email to the Faculty Graduate Research Office: 
Closing Date: 1st January 2017

NHMRC and ARC Fellowship Applications 2017 Information Session

Are you thinking of applying for an ARC or  NHMRC Fellowship in 2017 or do you simply want to know about the requirements and processes involved?

The SCS will be holding an information session on:

 Wednesday 30 November 10:00-11:30 Seminar Room 1 Level 2 TRF.

All late PhD students and ECRs are encouraged to attend.

Information will be provided on:
Fellowships available
Application deadlines
I'm eligible, seem competitive and want to apply - where should I begin
Support available

A panel of successful applicants and assessment panel members will be available to answer questions.

For further information please contact  Rosemary Horne

Professor Rosemary SC Horne
Senior Principal Research Fellow
Deputy Director The Ritchie Centre
Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Department of Paediatrics, Monash University
Level 5, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia 3168
Telephone: +61385722827 (please note new phone number)

NHMRC Grant Review Panel Sessions for SCS and Hudson

As Grant writing time is approaching fast, we have organised two NHMRC Grant Review Panel discussion sessions to give you an overview on the grant review process. Speakers will share their advice and discuss the review process and their experiences on various review panels.

Please book the dates below in your diaries:

NHMRC "Grant Review Panel Discussion"  Session 1
Date: Wed 30 Nov 2016
Time: 11.00-12.30 pm
Venue: Hudson Institute Building, Level 3 Board Rooms

Professor Peter Ebeling 
Professor Michelle Leech
Professor Jock Findlay
A Professor Suzie Miller      

NHMRC "Grant Review Panel Discussion"  Session 2

Date: Mon 5 Dec 2016
Time: 2.00-3.30 pm
Venue: Translational Research Facility Building (TRF) Level 2 Seminar Room 3

Professor Margaret Hibbs
A Professor Mark Hedger
Professor John Boyce
Professor David Tarlinton

MRO Research Fellowship & Practitioner Fellowship Information Session

The Monash Research Office (MRO) will be holding an information session on Wednesday 14th December 2016 for those considering applying for a Research Fellowship or Practitioner Fellowship in 2017.

This session will discuss matters relating to eligibility and compliance with NHMRC funding rules for these schemes. We will also cover new MRO compliance checking and faculty approval processes using the new online system, Pure.

There will be the opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation.

Date: Wednesday 14th December 2016
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Location: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk, Clayton campus

Please register your attendance: here
If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded for later viewing. 

The session will be video-conferenced to the Hudson Institute: Level 7, Board Room, Translational Research Facility (TRF) building

If you require any further information regarding these sessions, please do not hesitate to contact the MRO Medical & Health Sciences team on or 990 24427.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Administrative Officer (Communications Office)

Hudson Institute is seeking an Administrative Officer (TAP5) to work in the Communications Office. This position will support the Hudson Institute priorities of growing our profile and increasing engagement externally, with our partners and internally.

This position will be responsible for:
·         Coordination and support for Hudson Institute events and meetings,
·         Scientific Poster printing
·         Assisting with the development of communication materials such as presentations, reports, newsletters
·         Maintenance of the Hudson Institute website and intranet content and analytics
·         Collation of information for Hudson Institute reports including, the Annual Report, Student Open day booklets
·         Maintenance of Hudson Communications and Fundraising databases
·         Other general communications support

This person must be able to multi-task, work to tight deadlines and have a high level of attention to detail, and be comfortable providing a service to a wide range of people – internally, externally and with our partners.  Those people that also have technical ability and skills in design will be considered highly.

If you are interested in this position please provide your CV and brief cover letter to Hudson HR ( by Thursday 1 December, 2016.  More information here:​

Lab Manager

Cartherics is seeking a Laboratory Manager as a key position in its very active research and development program. The successful applicant will have an intense desire to succeed in a competitive environment and relish the challenge of helping to identify and implement new technologies and equipment; the rewards will be substantial.
The successful applicant will report directly to the Chief Scientific Officer of Cartherics.

The successful applicant will have extensive experience in the stem cell and immunology-based research environment. In particular, they will:

(i)                 have hands-on skills at the laboratory bench level including handling of human and animal tissues, so they he/she can better appreciate the researchers needs, and be able to participate in experimental procedures where possible. These will also ensure smooth running of the laboratory environment;
(ii)               have a strong background in understanding the equipment and technologies required for cutting edge immunology (especially cell based and cytokines) and stem cell research and interfacing with relevant suppliers;
(iii)             provide informed and expert advice in relation to experimental planning and technologies available as relevant;
(iv)              have experience in resourcing, evaluating, ordering, implementing and maintaining a broad range of laboratory reagents and equipment experience in ethics, OHS and other regulations relevant to medical research;
(v)                ensure PC2 guideline adherence, waste management and safety;
(vi)              understand the requirements and confidentialities for corporate funded research;
(vii)            be able to liaise with a broad range of personnel from students to senior researchers and upper level corporate Management;
(viii)          have direct supervisory responsibility for more junior technical staff members in the scientific area; 
(ix)              have organisational skills required for data management, meetings and documentation of standard operating procedures;
(x)                will have proficiency in a wide range of IT hardware and software packages and skills in electronic lab data book systems and general computer management
(xi)              will facilitate researchers and staff to access relevant systems and training opportunities.

Anticipated Salary Level - Base: Lab Manager – expected salary $87, 581 (Range $80,000-120,000) plus superannuation and other statutory benefits.