Monday, 16 July 2018

What's on at SCS

The School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) has regular lectures, seminars and postgraduate presentations.   SCS staff and students can see more details of events at the SCS Intranet Announcement and events page.

Tue 17/07/2018 12:30 UniSuper - Lunch and Learn session
Wed 18/07/2018 07:30 Monash Haematology Journal Club
Wed 18/07/2018 12:30 Grand Round: Osteoporosis- A Clinical and Research 
Platform Update
Thur 19/07/2018 12:00 Hudson Seminar Series - Prof Richard Kitching
Tue 24/07/2018 13:00 FIJI INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOP 2 -- Monash Micro 
Imaging at MHTP 
Wed 25/07/2018 14:00 PhD mid-year review: Christie Sun
Thur 26/07/2018 16:00 Dean's forum at SCS
Fri 27/07/2018 12:00 SCS Christmas in July
Tue 31/07/2018 09:30 Early Career Researcher Program Getting Started in your 
Research Career
Wed 22/08/2018 12:00 Mixed methods research in health: introduction to group 
concept mapping methodology
Thur 27/09/2018 16:00 MHTP Have you got talent?

Monash medical student’s research provides more certainty for neonates with gastro-intestinal abnormalities

Ashleigh Laird
Fourth year medical student Ms Ashleigh Laird presented her research into neonatal gastro-intestinal anomalies at the 17th  Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) world congress in Athens last month.

The scientific meeting attracts leading international experts and researchers on the latest developments in fetal medicine, and was attended by 2400 delegates.

Undertaken while a third year student at Monash Medical Centre and the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS), Ashleigh completed a retrospective review of the data at Monash Health of all foetuses who were found to have particular markers, bowel echogenicity and bowel dilatation, on antenatal ultrasound.

Monash research leads to novel treatment for Keloids

Dr Jimmy Ham
Monash University researchers have discovered the cause, and more importantly, a treatment for benign disfiguring tumours known as Keloids.

The discovery was made by former PhD student Dr Seungmin (Jimmy) Ham, who recently completed his degree under the supervision of Associate Professor Peter Temple-Smith and Dr Graeme Southwick at Monash University.

Dr Ham’s work examined the pathophysiology of keloids, a skin disorder caused by abnormal wound healing which leads to scarring and often requires surgical removal.

“We found that keloid skin was thicker than normal skin due to higher deposition of collagen,” Dr Ham said.

Treble grant success for Monash doctor saving lives in India

Dr Kumar and Dr Malhotra with local health leaders
 in a health centre in rural Punjab
A Royal Australasian College of Physicians’ (RACP) grant will enable expansion of a teaching and research program in maternal and neonatal resuscitation in parts of rural India, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of women and babies.

For the third consecutive year, Monash University researcher and Monash Children’s Hospital neonatologist, Dr Atul Malhotra is the recipient of the RACP Foundation’s Eric Burnard Fellowship, allowing him to travel to India to further expand an educational program for health workers, medical and nursing students to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes of difficult child birth.

Lions Club supporting research into arthritis

Ms Marie Caven, Ms Pauline Harris, Dr Jim Harris,
Mr Eric Gittins, Mr Rodney Hayes, Prof Eric Morand
A generous donation by the Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation will accelerate research into the chronic inflammatory disorder.

Over the last thirty years, the Foundation has given nearly $400,000 to rheumatology research at Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS).

The most recent donation of $11,000 has enabled the purchase of an automated tissue culture plate washer for the Rheumatology Research Group, led by Professor Eric Morand.

“The new plate washer increases precision and accuracy in our lab, while saving time and accelerating research,” said Dr Jim Harris, senior research fellow, Rheumatology Research Group.

Bone and Muscle Research Group support inaugural Australia Sarcopenia Day

Jakub Mesinovic and Cat Shore-Lorenti,
Bone and Muscle Research Group
Most people recognise that ageing is associated with deterioration in muscle mass, strength and physical performance. However, severe declines in muscle mass and function in older adults are known as ‘sarcopenia’.

A relatively new condition, sarcopenia only received a disease classification code from the World Health Organisation in 2016. The condition may affect up to one in three people aged 60 years and older and can lead to loss of mobility and independence, falls and a reduced quality of life. It has also been associated with mortality, fractures and hospitalisation.

Dean's forum at SCS, 26 July

Thursday, 26 July, 4.00pm – 6.00 pm
MHTP Translational Research Facility, Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Ground Floor 

Please register HERE.

Professor Christina Mitchell invites all SCS staff to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Staff Forum on Thursday, 26th July 2018.

SCS Social Club Event: Christmas in July


Transnetyx Genotyping Services Grant

Transnetyx is on a quest to find our first ever class of Rising Innovators! They will be awarding five generous genotyping grants through this new initiative.

SCS ECR Mentoring Program Application Open

The SCS ECR Mentoring Program is open to applications. 
We have many senior researchers who are happy to participate as potential mentors. If you have a specific researcher in mind that you would like to have as your mentor we can arrange the pairing.

Otherwise, please provide in the application any specific areas you wish to have advice on and we will do our best to assign the most appropriate mentor.


Development of an electronic health message system to support recovery after stroke: Inspiring Virtual Enabled Resources following Vascular Events (iVERVE)  Dominique Cadilhac et al. published in Patient Preference and Adherence.

Changes in bone microarchitecture following kidney transplantation - beyond bone mineral density.
Peter Ebeling et al. published in Clinical Transplantation.

Concentrating non-dilute urine before protein electrophoresis for the detection of monoclonal free light chains is unnecessary and wasteful. George Grigoriadis et al. published in Pathology.
Perspectives of cancer treatment providers regarding voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. Peter Poon et al. published in the Internal Medicine Journal. 

CD8+ cells and glomerular crescent formation: outside-in as well as inside-outMaliha Alikhan, Richard Kitching published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Animal models in neonatal resuscitation research: What can they teach us?
Stuart Hooper et al. published in Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.


Respiratory changes in term infants immediately after birth. Douglas Blank et al. published in Resuscitation.