Monday, 23 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.

SCS Events calendar

Tue 31/07/2018 09:30 Early Career Researcher Program Getting
 Started in your Research Career
12:00 CID seminar: Human amniotic epithelial cells in babies with established bronchopulmonary dysplasia – Our first-in-human experience
Wed 01/08/2018 11:00 Gaining deeper insight from your RNA analysis
12:30 Grand Round: “The Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program”
Thur 02/08/2018 12:00 Hudson seminar: Prof Paul Thomas
Mon 06/08/2018 09:30 Nazanin Karimnia's confirmation of candidature, "Targeting Invasive Leader Cells in Ovarian Cancer"
Thur 09/08/2018 13:00 Update on the STAREE Clinical Trial:  Statins in Reducing Events in the Elderly
Mon 13/08/2018 17:00 MHTP Open Day
Tue 21/08/2018 12:00 BDI seminar: Preterm growth restriction and BPD: the vascular hypothesis and related physiology
18:00 WiSPP Invitation: Women in Medical Research
Wed 22/08/2018 12:00 Mixed methods research in health: 
introduction to group concept mapping methodology
Mon 27/08/2018 12:00 Pride Thinking and Inclusive Design
Sat 08/09/2018 09:00 Who is a Clinician Scientist and what skills do they need?
Wed 12/09/2018 08:30 Interprofessional learning symposium: facilitating successful interprofessional programs
Mon 17/09/2018 16:00 Open Forum with the Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Prof Eric Morand
Thur 27/09/2018 16:00 MHTP Have you got talent?

SCS takes out first and second prizes in the Faculty’s 3MT competition

3MT Faculty winner Nicole Free
Nicole Free, a speech pathologist and PhD candidate in the SCS and Monash Health Department of Surgery, won first prize and will now represent the Faculty in the Monash University 3MT finals on August 16. Nicole’s research is examining how non-surgical interventions, like voice therapy, could potentially reverse or eliminate vocal fold lesions.  Watch Nicole HERE.

Monash University collaborative research to improve newborn brain imaging

Associate Professor Suzanne Miller

Associate Professor Suzanne Miller, an NHMRC senior research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has been awarded Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) Interdisciplinary Research Seed Funding to improve brain imaging of newborns using X-Ray CT.

Hormone replacement therapy could help kidney dialysis patients

Dr Jasna Aleksova
Men undergoing kidney dialysis may have lower testosterone and reproductive hormone levels, providing evidence as to why this group are more prone to bone fractures, a new Monash research study has shown.

The study, by Clinical Associate Professor Frances Milat and first author Dr Jasna Aleksova, suggests hormone replacement therapy could be used in clinical trials for people undergoing kidney dialysis.
The findings of the study, a collaboration between Hudson Institute, Monash Health, Monash University and Professor Grahame Elder from Westmead Hospital, have been published in Kidney International.

Fetal growth restriction the focus of the second Ritchie Centre European Workshop in Prato, Italy

Members of The Ritchie Centre met at the Monash Campus in Prato, just north of Florence, this month to showcase the Centre’s research and to establish and further develop collaborations with their European colleagues.

Attended by more than 60 researchers from 10 different countries, this year’s workshop focused on fetal growth restriction (FGR), a serious, but common, pregnancy complication describing the fetus that fails to achieve normal growth.

The Ritchie Centre’s Professor Rosemary Horne said FGR is present in up to 9% of pregnancies in Australia and is strongly associated with stillbirth, or serious health complications in survivors. 

Monash represented at Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit

Cheryl-Ann Hawkins,  Operations Manager, early phase drug trials for Oncology Research at Monash Health, gave the opening speech at the Asia-Pac Site Solutions Summit at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last week.

Cheryl-Ann leads a team of study coordinators and clinical trial assistants, providing access to world first drugs to patients with cancer at the MHTP Clinical Trials Centre.

Platform Access Grants 2019 (Round 1) - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is pleased to announce a call for applications to Round 1 of the Platform Access Grants (PAG) scheme for funding commencing in January 2019 [PAG 2019 (R1)]

We invite proposals from individuals or small teams (max. 3 members) requesting Service Fees to access FMNHS Technology Research Platforms, or to purchase Products of these platforms.  Grants of up to $15,000 will be available for access to a maximum of 2 Platforms for this purpose.  Please note that the “Service Provider” does not have to be a collaborator on the grant, and if they are not, they must not be listed as a Chief Investigator.  

Are you interested in recruiting HDR students? MHTP Open Day, 13 August, 5-7pm

Please find below details of our forthcoming Open Day event (Monday 13 August) for prospective Hons, Masters and PhD students.  Also attached is a ppt and flyer you can use to promote our event to students in lectures or via relevant student notice boards.  One of the most effective means of communicating this event is via your contact with students.

This year we are directing all students to the Faculty’s Supervisor Connect database to promote research projects (  We are not producing a hard copy booklet.

Please make sure your projects are up to date in the database. 

Less than two weeks until Abstract Submissions close - VIIN 2018 Young Investigator Symposium

Abstract submissions for the 2018 VIIN Young Investigator Symposium close on Friday 3 August.

Don't miss out on your chance to present your research at this premier forum for students, research assistants and post-docs working in infection and immunity.

To submit an abstract: download a pro forma and follow the instructions here:

Changes to E Block Animal Facility SPF Entry

The E Block SPF Animal House main entry door needs to undergo upgrade works to increase the height to allow for the entry and removal of SPF equipment. In order for these works to be carried out, the main entrance to the facility will be blocked off for a period of 2 weeks time from the start date of Monday 6th of August . Unfortunately this does mean there will be some access restrictions to the SPF areas during the two week period of Monday 6th August - Monday 20th August.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes and we will try to work with users to address the requirements for access to the rooms and animals during the time frame that the main entry is restricted. 

During this time frame, we will be putting some changed procedures for entry and exit to and from the facility/rooms into place. Below these procedures are explained and a map of the facility areas is included below to assist in explaining locations and entry/egress routes.

Your UniSuper Centre is now open on campus!

UniSuper has launched an on-campus member centre, where you can meet face-to-face with a consultant or financial adviser, to discuss your financial needs.
Visit the new UniSuper Centre at: 
Ground Floor, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk, Clayton campus


ASK1 inhibitor treatment suppresses p38/JNK signalling with reduced kidney inflammation and fibrosis in rat crescentic glomerulonephritis. David Nikolic-Paterson et al. published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

Musculoskeletal health of Indigenous Australians. Ayse Zengin et al. published in Archives of Oseteoporosis. 

Australasian bronchiolitis guideline. David Armstrong et al. published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Communicating health—Optimising young adults’ engagement with health messages using social media: Study protocol. Helen Truby, Cate Lombard et al. published in Nutrition & Dietetics.

A Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Analysis of Trabecular Bone Score in Adults with Turner Syndrome. Hanh Nguyen et al. published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Effect of macronutrient composition on meal-induced thermogenesis in adolescents with obesity. Kay Nguo et al. published in the European Journal of Nutrition.

Serum and Urinary Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome. Fabien Vincent et al. published in Joint Bone Spine. 

Caregiver Mental Health, Parenting Practices, and Perceptions of Child Attachment in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Samantha Teague et al. published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Australian students' perspective on interventional radiology education: A prospective cross-institutional study. Ronil Chandra et al. published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology.

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How to Have a Better Conversation About Mental Illness

Mental health research by Graham Meadows and Joanne Enticott mentioned in The New York Times.