Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Monash researchers identify attainable treatment target for lupus patients

Dr Vera Golder 
For the first time, Monash researchers have identified an attainable treatment target for systemic lupus erythematosus – also known as SLE or lupus – called Lupus Low Disease Activity State (LLDAS), which has shown to be associated with a significant reduction in irreversible end organ damage – a factor that contributes to premature death in patients.

Reminder to register: MHTP ECR Speed Networking Event

All ECRs are invited to attend the annual MHTP ECR Speed Networking Event. Attendees will be eligible to apply for the inaugural 'Andrew Ramsden MHTP ECR Collaborative Award'.

'Accelerating Innovation Worldwide' with Johnson & Johnson's Dr Paul Stoffels M.D.

The Johnson and Johnson Innovation Partnering Office invites you to this free event on 'Accelerating Innovation Worldwide'. The event is suited to anyone with an interest in the broader lifesciences ecosystem, with the keynote presentation by Dr Paul Stoffels M.D., Vice Chair, Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson.

Ditch the waste

There are many ways you can contribute to minimising waste and your impact on the environment. But are you doing your bit to 'ditch the waste'?

Sensory Scientific Exhibition

We're opening the world of cancer research to the blind and low vision community with the Sensory Scientific Exhibition and Discovery Day on Friday, 6 December at the Monash Univerity, Clayton campus. We'll have 3D tactile displays, hands-on activities and more! Follow the link for more information and to register.

Now Open in RMS - ARC Discovery Projects (DP21)

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has opened the 2021 Discovery Projects (DP21) round in RMS.

SCS OHS committee - call for agenda items

The next SCS OHS committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4 December 2019. Please send any items for discussion to Meeting minutes are available on the intranet here.

MRFF Clinical Trial opportunities NOW OPEN

Four rounds of MRFF clinical trials under the Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Need Grant Opportunity are NOW open via the NHMRC.

ARC FT20: Eligibility and Compliance check reminder

As the ARC deadline, 27 November, draws closer, we want to be sure that you are making progress on your applications and following the mandatory MRO submission processes.


NHMRC Equipment Grants are now open for application in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS).  These funds are to be used for equipment purchased in 2019 or 2020, but must be fully expended by the end of December 2020.

Publications 13th Nov 2019

Stroke Severity, and Not Cerebral Infarct Location, Increases the Risk of Infection.
Shim R et al publised in Translational Stroke Research

Increasing Respiratory Effort With 100% Oxygen During Resuscitation of Preterm Rabbits at Birth.
Dekker J et al publised in Frontiers in Pediatrics

Venous pathologies in paediatric neuroradiology: from foetal to adolescent life.
Mankad K et al publised in Neuroradiology

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Dr Joshua Ooi awarded 2019 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant

Dr Joshua Ooi from the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases has been awarded a 2019 Ramaciotti Health Investment Grant for his research into targeted regulatory cell based therapy to treat lupus.

Celine Latouche joins MNHS as BDM

Welcome to Celine Latouche who has joined the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences as Business Development Manager (BDM) and will be based at SCS approximately four days a week.

Monash hosts inaugural symposium on Cardiovascular Health

The inaugural Monash Symposium on Cardiovascular Health was a great success last week. The two-day Symposium was the first step in bringing together the cardiovascular research community across Monash University.

MRFF Update on Open and Forecast Calls

An update from the MRFF on open and forecast calls is now available. If you are interested please contact

Psychiatric Genetics workshop

This workshop is designed to showcase the value in using genetic tools to understand the biology of many psychiatric disorders.

Join our study in January: Bone Density, Muscle Quality and Body Composition

The Bone and Muscle Research Group is searching for research participants for a scanning precision study. The study involves a once-off visit to Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.

CLOSING SOON - MRO Support for NHMRC/MRFF Investigator Grant Applications (for funding commencing 2021)

The MRO Support for NHMRC/MRFF Investigator Grant Applications (for funding commencing 2021) is closing on Wednesday, 27 November 2019. For further information please refer to the eNews blog post here.

Cancelled: Biostatistics and bioinformatics session - 15 November

The biostatistics and bioinformatics guidance session scheduled for this Friday, 15 November has been cancelled.

Advancing Women's Research Success Grant 2020

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Advancing Women's Research Success Grant. This flagship gender equity program supports the career progression of early-mid career high potential academic women with care-giving responsibilities.

UPDATE on expected grant dates for MRFF Medicinal Cannabis for pain in cancer patients

Further to the SCS eNews post on Wednesday, 9 October, the latest information on dates for this grant are as follows:

BMTH round 3 applications now open

Round 3 of the BioMedTech Horizons program is now open for applications. The program is focused on medical devices and digital health in certain therapeutic areas. The deadline for EOIs is this Friday, 15 November. For further information, please visit the website or contact Celine Latouche at

Upcoming Grant-writing Program for Women - EOI APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Staff Equity & Diversity at Monash HR are hosting an upcoming grant-writing series for early-mid career female researchers. This program is one way Monash is supporting women's careers and ultimately aims to address the gender disparity in senior academic roles. 

SCS Early Career Research Practitioner Fellowship Scheme - applications closing soon!

Applications are now open for the SCS Early-Career Clinical Practitioner Fellowship scheme. The successful candidate will be appointed up to 0.5 FTE, Academic Level B.

Introducing iLab for SCS laboratory management

The School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health is launching its new iLab site. The SCS iLab site is the one-stop-shop for requesting laboratory OHS inductions, training, and equipment or facilities maintenance.

Publications 6th Nov 2019

Pembrolizumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone for patients with treatment-naive multiple myeloma (KEYNOTE-185): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial.
Usmani S Z et al published in The Lancet Hematology

Supporting healthy drink choices in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: a community-led supportive environment approach.
Fehring E et al published in Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health

Computer-assisted EEG diagnostic review for idiopathic generalized epilepsy.
Clarke S et al published in Epilepsy & Behavior

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Faculty/ADR Approved FT20 Strategic Statements (D2) Due to MRO

A reminder that all Letters of Support for FT20 proposals (D2: Strategic Statement) must be received by the MRO before 5pm Wednesday, 13 November.

New Research Professional (RP) functionality

Overnight, RP have enabled a new 'Advanced Downloads' option available to all users which allows users to select the fields that appear in their download report and also includes an .xlsx option (see screen grabs below).

ARC One-to-One (O2O) Advice Sessions with MRO - bookings now available

With the ARC DPs and DECRAs 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.

Brain control: The impact of science and technology on our mental health, law and privacy

Smartphones, smartwatches, other wearable devices and apps are now a part of everyday life. These technologies promise to improve our lives in many ways, through increased work flexibility and making us more connected to friends, family and the wider world.

Merck Innovation Cup 2020 (10th Anniversary) - Applications now open

From 20-26 June 2020, Merck will be hosting the 10th Anniversary Innovation Cup Summer Camp near Frankfurt, Germany, and are inviting post-graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from Monash University to apply now – deadline 31 January 2020.

Compassion-Focused Therapy - acting, role plays and chair work

Southern Synergy, a Monash University Faculty Research Centre closely linked to and supported by the Monash Health Mental Health program, is hosting a one-day workshop on Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) – Acting, Role Plays and Chair Work.

Pharmacogenomics research to improve mental health care

The Government have announced a $7M grant round for ground-breaking research into the use of pharmacogenomics to improve mental health treatment outcomes and help reduce suicide.

Professor Cadilhac and Professor Kilkenny forge new international collaboration

Professor Cadilhac and
Professor Wang
Professor Dominique Cadilhac and Professor Monique Kilkenny visited the Zhuhai campus of Zunyi Medical University in China last month. The visit was part of their 'Visiting Professor' program to explore opportunities to collaborate on research and teaching, and to discuss future student exchanges between Australia and China.

Medicine graduate Patrick Walker a passionate advocate for child health

Dr Patrick Walker with the
Nigerian oximetry team
Getting your research published, especially in a prominent journal, is never an easy feat. So when medicine graduate Patrick Walker found out his research had been accepted for publication in the Fetal and Neonatal edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood, the achievement was an incredible reward for 12-months of hard work.

SCS and Hudson Institute celebrate women in Science Discovery and Medicine

WiSDoM – Women in Science Discovery and Medicine is a School of Clinical Sciences committee designed to promote inclusive gender equity in medicine and research to women of all backgrounds and career stage.

VBIC Networking Event 2019

The Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability networking event for 2019 is taking place on Thursday, 14 November at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn.

Staff Equity and Diversity survey

Help us build on our inclusive workplace culture by completing our University-wide survey.

Education Futures platform

Our collaborative work will shape the future of education with educators, policymakers and community. To find out more please visit the link.

Monash Data Futures Institute Showcase - AI and Data Science for Social Good

You are invited to attend the Monash Data Futures Institute Showcase. This event will bring together researchers across Monash University, as well as industry partners to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the application of data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for social good.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

NHMRC Development Grants - Now Open in Sapphire

NHMRC have opened their Development Grant 2020 funding round for funding commencing 2021. This scheme is also being used as a pilot for NHMRC's new grant management system - Sapphire. As such, there are specific new processes to follow if you intend to apply for a Development Grant in this round.

Are you available for comment?

With the summer season approaching, the media team is sourcing experts available to comment in the media on their area of expertise.

Dr Arvind Sehgal receives Emerge Health award

The Department of Paediatrics, Dr Arvind Sehgal, has been awarded the 2019 Emerge Health Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network Award for Cardiorespiratory Research.

MHTP ECR Speed Networking event

All ECR's are invited to attend the annual MHTP ECR Speed Networking event. Attendees will be eligible to apply for the inaugural 'Andrew Ramsden MHTP ECR Collaborative Award'.

Safety alert

This important message is to highlight the need for constant vigilance and increased situational awareness to personal safety for all employees transitioning to and from Monash Health sites.

Save the date - SCS 'Wild West' Lunch

It's what you've all been waiting for! The SCS end-of-year celebration will be held on Thursday, 19 December at the Sandringham Yacht Club from 12 noon. This year's theme is 'Wild West' - so put on your chaps, saddle up, and join us for an afternoon of great food and music.

NHMRC/MRFF Investigator Grants Minimum Data Close - Thu 31 Oct 2019

A reminder that the last day to initiate, and complete the minimum data, for NHMRC/MRFF Investigator Grants in RGMS is this Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Watch the Melbourne Cup with us - Afternoon tea and SWEEPS!

The School of Clinical Sciences is hosting a 'Melbourne Cup' afternoon tea on Tuesday, 5 November from 2.40pm in the MCH lecture theatre, Level 5, Monash Children's Hospital.

'Male Infertility - a look under the cover'

The Centre for Reproductive Health, Hudson Institute is hosting an upcoming free forum titled 'Male Infertility - a look under the cover.'

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Dr Fabien Vincent, Research Fellow in the Rheumatology Research Group, Centre for Inflammatory Diseases, and Professor Michelle Leech, Rheumatologist and Deputy Dean Medicine explain 'What is rheumatoid arthritis'? Read full story here

Biostatistics and bioinformatics sessions

The next monthly biostatistics and bioinformatics sessions will take place on Friday, 15 November. Please note that David Powell (bioinformatics) will be away for the session, so it will only be biostatistics.

SCS researchers receive Heart Foundation fellowships and grants

Dr Connie Wong
The Heart Foundation has announced the recipients of their 2019 research grants, which go towards supporting researchers investigating the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and related disorders.

Venue change: Publication impact and metrics information session

Due to the high demand for the Publication Impact and Metrics information session, the location of the presentation has now been changed to the TRF Building, Level 2, Seminar room 1 at 2.00pm on Thursday, 31 October. Please refer to the flyer

Publications for 22nd October 2019

Overnight oximetry for evaluating paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea: Technical specifications and interpretation guidelines.
Twiss J et al puiblished in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health

Effects of stroke beyond the brain.
Wong CHY et al published in Nature Reviews.

25, 50 & 75 years ago.
Smith J A et al published in ANZ Journal of Surgery

Thursday, 24 October 2019

SCS Early Career Research Practitioner Fellowship Scheme

Applications are now open for the SCS Early-Career Clinical Practitioner Fellowship scheme. The successful candidate will be appointed up to 0.5 FTE, Academic Level B. 

MMC/MCH Site Alert: The Walking Bus

The Monash Medical Centre site introduced a Staff Walking Bus late last year. A Staff Walking Bus is an opportunity for staff to assemble together to walk to a common destination.

Inaugural Monash Neuroscience Symposium - registrations open

The Monash Neuroscience Symposium brings together clinicians and pre-clinical researchers in all fields of neuroscience. The symposium offers a great opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers, and network with industry experts.

Bibliometrics in Grant Applications webinar: Recording and Slides

Thank you to those who attending the 'Using Bibliometrics in Grant Applications' webinar on 15 October 2019.  We hope that you found the session to be useful and informative.

Research participants wanted

The Bone and Muscle Research Group is searching for research participants for a study starting in December.

2020 Perpetual Trustees IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program CALL FOR EOI APPLICATIONS

Applications for the Perpetual Trustees IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program generally range between $10,000 and $100,000. The maximum amount an organisation can request is $200,000 per application. In 2019, the average grant was approximately $70,000.

Venue change: Publication impact and metrics information session

Due to the high demand for the Publication Impact and Metrics information session, the location of the presentation has now been changed to the TRF Building, Level 2, Seminar room 1 at 2.00pm on Thursday, 31 October. Please refer to the flyer

Don't forget to register for the Monash Symposium on Cardiovascular Health

You are invited to attend a 2-day Monash Symposium on Cardiovascular Health.  This will be a university-wide event which aims to:

Graduate Research Conference

Hosted by Monash Graduate Research and the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice-President, the Graduate Research Conference returns Tuesday 19 November to explore the theme of Strengthening Research Culture at Monash.

Dr Jenny Han receives 2019 SSA conference award

Congratulations to Dr Jenny Han, Stroke Fellow from Monash Neurology, who has received the Peter Bladin New Investigator Award at the recent Stroke Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting.

2019 MNHS My Postdoc Journey - Career Information Session

The MNHS Research & Graduate Research Offices, in conjunction with Alumni Relations, would like to invite you to join us for the 2019 ‘MNHS: My Postdoc Journey’ event.

ARC- DECRA Fellowships (DE21) Now Open

The ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE21) is now open. The DECRA grant opportunity provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

The future of faecal transplants

Dr Edward Giles
The introduction of faecal transplants has provided a new and welcome approach to treating difficult bacterial infections. However, following a patient death, there are questions over their future use. How can the risks surrounding transplants be removed to reap the benefits of this promising therapeutic treatment? Read the full story here

Success at RANZCOG

Dr Roshan Selvaratnam
Congratulations to Dr Roshan Selvaratnam and Dr Vinayak Smith who received awards at the recent Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Annual Scientific Meeting held in Melbourne.