Wednesday, 19 December 2018

SCS end of year drinks and nibbles, 20 December

SCS staff are invited to our End of Year Drinks and Nibbles 10am - 12pm tomorrow (Thurs 20th) in the Surgery Seminar Room, level 5, Block E to celebrate the achievements of all staff and students this year.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided by the SCS Social Club.

Staff farewell: Ciara Boyd

After seven years in SCS, we farewell Ciara Boyd who has commenced a new role at the University as Space Planning & Development Manager, Buildings and Properties Division. 

Staff farewell: Katherine Marks

We are sad to announce that Katherine Marks is leaving SCS after almost five years as SCS Communications Manager. 

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Program aims to support research that addresses questions that focus on the comparative effectiveness of health services and areas of health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Million Minds Mission - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Million Minds Mission grant opportunity aims to support multidisciplinary teams of researchers to undertake collaborative, intervention-focused research that is transformative, scalable and demonstrates the greatest impact on health outcomes and translation into policy and/or practice. The grant opportunity will provide up to $25 million over five years to support three initial priority areas for research:  

Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Lloyd J. Old STAR Program - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Lloyd J. Old STAR Program provides grants of $1.25 million over 5 years to mid-career Scientists TAking Risks.

Medical Research Future Fund: Frontier Health and Medical Research Program Stage One - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Frontier Health and Medical Research program creates opportunities for researcher collaborations to explore bold and innovative ideas in the health and medical research sector and/or make discoveries of great potential and global impact.

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Projects Round 11 -- NOW OPEN

Australia-India Collaborative Research Projects are funded by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF). 

ARC Linkage Projects (LP18) - Closing Soon

Not Submitting?
If you've decided not to proceed and do not want your LP18 proposal submitted to the ARC, please delete it in RMS ASAP. 

Changes to ROPEs in ARC Discovery Projects

The ARC recently announced a big change in the way research outputs will be entered in ARC Discovery Project 2020 applications.  Instead of uploading PDFs with lists of outputs, all research outputs will now be auto-populated from data imported into each researcher's RMS profile.  This change is mandatory and applies to both Chief Investigators and Partner Investigators.  

2019 Women in Leadership Awards

The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards were launched in 2015 to recognise and champion women, at different stages of their careers, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector, and inspire more women to pursue leadership roles. In 2019, there are three awards, each recognising leadership at a different career stage:

2019 Vice-Chancellors Video Pitch Competition... entries close 24 January 2019

University research has the power to enhance our economy, improve our societies and better the world. But how do you get the world on board with your research and the potential benefits it could deliver? You need to Pitch it Clever!

MHTP Technology Platform Review and change to services for 2019

MHTP Technology Platforms are an integral component of the MHTP research strategy, providing cutting edge capabilities and expertise to support research within the Precinct. Each Platform recently underwent a review to ensure alignment with current research resulting in several rationalisation strategies and actions have now been endorsed by executive management.

MMC/MCH Site Alert UPDATE: Fregon Reserve Car Park Closure RESCHEDULED

 Monash Council have RESCHEDULED the planned temporary closure of the Fregon Reserve Car Park.   The Fregon Reserve public car park will remain open this week (Dec 17-21). 

Recent publications

Modulating T Cell Responses via Autophagy: The Intrinsic Influence Controlling the Function of Both Antigen-Presenting Cells and T Cells. Jim Harris et al. published in Frontiers in Immunology.

Effect of cardiac rehabilitation on 24-month all-cause hospital readmissions: A prospective cohort study. Dominique Cadilhac et al. published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Factors influencing self-reported anxiety or depression following stroke or TIA using linked registry and hospital data. Tharshanah Thayabaranathan et al. published in Quality of Life Research.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Mary Mansilla investigates the causes of preeclampsia

Vital Monash medical research attracts $104 million in federal funding

Associate Professor
Maxine Bonham
Monash University has been awarded almost $76 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announcements.

SCS-led team receives VC Award for Research Enterprise

Prof Marcel Nold
A research team led by Professor Marcel Nold from the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) and Hudson Institute has received Monash University's Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Enterprise in recognition of their collaboration with pharmaceutical company Roche to develop better treatments for a range of inflammatory diseases.

Monash research to benefit patients with aggressive lymphoma

Dr Gareth Gregory

Monash researcher and haematologist Dr Gareth Gregory has been awarded a prestigious Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigator Award to further his research into aggressive lymphoma. 

Australia’s first industry standard biobanking facility will soon be up and running in Melbourne.

Professor Melissa Southey
Biobanking Victoria will open at Monash University in Clayton in 2020, thanks to a $1.5 million funding allocation from the Victorian Government.  Read more here.

10,000 Step Challenge winners

Congratulations to the MMC winning team of this year's Monash 10,000 Steps Challenge.  "The E- Block 5", comprising Poh-Yi Gan, Virginie Oudin, Daniel Koo Yuk Cheong, Kim O'Sullivan and Anne Le, clocked up the most steps and  Daniel Koo Yuk Cheong won the best MMC individual trophy.

SCS swinging 60's Christmas party

This year's SCS (1960s-themed) Christmas party was a fabulous hit at the Sandringham Yacht Club.  Fantastic food, trivia (of course) and music, featuring our very own Head of School and School Manager).See photos here.

NHMRC Investigator Grants have opened in RGMS

The NHMRC Investigator Grants scheme is now open for applications in RGMS. 

Investigator Grant Info Session Recordings

Thank you to all those who attended the Investigator Grant info sessions this week.  We had a great turn out with over 175 participants, in person and via Zoom.   The Info Session recordings are uploaded in the Google Drive (links below). 

MMC/MCH Safety Alert: Service Road Delays

 Monash University & Hudson Institute are implementing a new delivery protocol at their site storeroom in their Kanooka Grove buildings.

Timesheet submission deadlines for final pay of 2018

As we approach the end-of-year closedown period (from Friday 21 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019), we remind supervisors to make sure all staff timesheets are submitted and approved to ensure staff payment prior to closedown.

Latest publications

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ishmael Inocencio - working towards better treatments for fetal growth restriction

Ishmael is investigating appropriate treatments to improve fetal growth restriction

Monash University’s Fulbright scholar aiming for personalised treatment for cerebral palsy

Associate Professor Michael Fahey

Associate Professor Michael Fahey from Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS), has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to better understand the neurology and genetics in people affected by cerebral palsy.

Stroke patients to benefit from National Heart Foundation funded research at Monash University

Professor Dominique Cadilhac

Professor Dominique Cadilhac has been awarded a prestigious National Heart Foundation 2018 Vanguard grant and Future Leader Fellowship, enabling her to undertake a comprehensive program of research related to improving stroke care. One major theme includes an assessment of the costs and benefits of the Australian-first Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU).

Gender gap in cardiology is hurting ALL women

Dr Sarah Zaman
The frequently reported and persistent gender gap is not limited to Australia’s top companies and board rooms—we still have a long way to go in the health sector, particularly in medical specialisations such as cardiology.

NHMRC Investigator Grant Information Sessions

The new NHMRC Investigator Grant scheme is due to open on 5th December 2018.

MRFF - Keeping Australians Out of Hospital Grant Round Now Open

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Keeping Australians Out of Hospital grant opportunity will support research into evidence-based, implementable and scalable preventive health measures that aim to prevent the development, or promote better management of complex and chronic health conditions, improve quality of life for people with these conditions and keep them out of hospital.    

Researcher/MRO One-2-One Advice Sessions -- DP20, DE20 & LP19 -- January 2019

With the ARC DPs and DECRA on the horizon, you may have questions regarding eligibility, staying clear of the Medical Research Policy, how best to address the selection criteria, or you may need a clarification of the Funding Rules as relevant to your particular scenario.

MMC/MCH Site Alert: BRS Shuttle Bus Late Start Thursday Dec 13

What Is Happening?
·         The shuttle bus to the Browns Road South car park will start its Afternoon run late on Thursday December 13.
·         Normal service start time will resume from Friday December 14.
How Will This Impact Me?
  • Staff who park in the Browns Road South car park will need to walk to and from MMC until the bus commences service from 4:30pm on Thursday December 13.
What About Safety?
·         Take appropriate precautions when walking on public footpaths and roadways, looking to ensure driveways and roads are clear before crossing.
·         Cross any roads at an appropriate location where you will have a good view of oncoming traffic from all directions.
·         Refrain from using any portable audio technology (mobile phone, music player etc.) which may distract you from hearing traffic whilst you are crossing roads or driveways.
How do I get more information?
Further information may be obtained from your Site Management team
·         03 959 44727       Site Management

Recent publications

Exploring the Links Between Common Diseases of Ageing—Osteoporosis, Sarcopenia and Vascular Calcification. Alexander Rodriguez et al. published in Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism.

Consider Conservative Approach Rather Than Intervening in Moderate to Large Spontaneous Pneumothorax. Diana Egerton-Warburton et al. published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Association between serum progesterone concentration in early pregnancy and duration of pregnancy: a cohort study.  Ben Mol et al. published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.

Simulation Modeling for Psychiatric Service Planning: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Study. Graham Meadows et al. published in JMIR Research Protocols.

Call for action to address the gender gap in interventional cardiology

Sarah Zaman in The Limbic and tctMD.

The art of giving

Drs Atul Malhotra and Arunaz Kumar featuredin the Indian Weekly.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Outstanding research supervision recognised at SCS

Dr Connie Wong with her team
Dr Connie Wong from the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) was recognised as an outstanding research supervisor, being named a finalist in the Monash Postgraduate Association’s Supervisor of the Year Awards last week.

NHMRC Investigator Grants - MRO Guidance template

The Monash Research Office have drafted an offline application form to assist applicants with preparing their Investigator Grant application before the RGMS application form opens on the 5th of December 2018.

SCS end of year Flower Power lunch, 7 December

Registration link: Here


Two scholarships and four bursaries are offered to female students undertaking a PhD or doctoral degree course through the Australian Communities Foundation. Read more.

MMC Site Alert: Christmas Decoration Guidelines

We are approaching that time of the year when we start thinking about Christmas Decorations.
Guidelines have been designed for your safety, and the safety of your colleagues, patients and visitors, so that we may all enjoy the decorations across the festive season.  The guidelines also consider the impact to our infrastructure within the hospital.

Publications week ending 23 November 2018

Epidemiology and healthcare factors associated with neonatal enterococcal infections. Kenneth Tan et al. published in ACD Fetal & Neonatal edition.

MIF antagonism restores corticosteroid sensitivity in a murine model of severe asthma. Eric Morand et al. published in the European Respiratory Journal. 

Osteoporosis: improving care of patients in Asia Pacific

Peter Ebeling mentioned in MJA InSightRead article here.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Outstanding biological psychiatry research at Monash University

Dr Rachel Hill

In recognition of her outstanding research, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) researcher Dr Rachel Hill received the prestigious Aubrey Lewis Award and delivered the keynote lecture at this month’s Biological Psychiatry Australia conference in Adelaide.

SCS staff acknowledged in recent Monash University promotions

Associate Professor Megan Wallace

The School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) congratulates the following staff who received recent academic promotions at Monash University:

Monash medical student’s research reveals possible cause of clots after splenectomy

Sarah Luu presenting her poster at
the recent CCS graduate symposium

Monash medical student Ms Sarah Luu was recently recognised for her outstanding research into blood clot risk after surgical removal of the spleen, receiving the prestigious Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ RC Bennett Prize.

Monash research gives hope to patients with Crohn’s disease

Dr Charlotte Keung

Monash clinician-researcher Dr Charlotte Keung was recently acknowledged for her research into Crohn’s disease, having been awarded a competitive $50,000 seed grant by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia for a pilot study into the use of stem cells to treat the incurable disease.

Monash student highest ranked for Macquarie University MD

 Rathina Ragavan

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) honours student Ms Rathina Srinivasa Ragavan has been ranked the highest applicant for the Macquarie University Doctor of Medicine program, receiving the Macquarie University MD Medical Leader of the Future scholarship award.

Ai Ming Wong's research is helping sleep apnoea patients

Ai Ming Wong's research will determine which obstructive sleep apnoea patients will benefit from surgery

NHMRC Survey coming - Investigating Clinician Researcher Career Pathways Project

The NHMRC have invited Monash to participate in stage 2 of the Investigating Clinician Researcher Career Pathways Project, a survey of Australian clinician researchers. 

Reactivation of the Scopus import into Pure for Research Outputs

Pure has the functionality to run an automated search of Scopus to look for outputs that are available in Scopus but not currently entered in Pure. In the past, the search criteria was not as robust as it should have been, resulting in numerous import errors that caused problems for individual researchers and central teams. The decision was made to switch off the automated search, so as to not interfere with the preparation and submission of ERA 2018.

NHMRC Development Grants now open

The development grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable time frame.

2018/19 Prizes & Awards Calendar November to February

Please refer to the attached Prizes & Awards(P&A) Calendar  for opportunities closing in November 2018 to February 2019.  Please note that Green means we have had winners in this category in the past. 

The Ritchie Centre Kaarene Fitzgerald Public Forum, 21 November 2018

AUSiMED 2019 Neuro-immunological Fellowship at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Israel

Australia Israel Medical Research’s (AUSiMED) is offering an exciting Neuro-immunology fellowship commencing in 2019, in the world leading Unit of Neuro-immunology and Center of Multiple Sclerosis at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, for an Australian medical science PhD student.

Moodle upgrade

There is a significant upgrade of Moodle planned for December 7-9.  Official communication will be sent out to all teaching staff shortly.  

MHTP medical genomics facility - Discounted pricing: Illumina, Next Generation Sequencing

Save up to $500 off NextSeq runs and up to $1000 off each HiSeq 3000 lane before the end of the year.