Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Need to contact HR but not sure who to speak to?

The HR contacts list details the relevant contacts for all your HR needs - Access HR, Recruitment, HR Business Support, Academic Promotion, and OSP queries. Our HR Business Partners are also available to provide strategic and operational HR support, and are your liaision with HR Centres of Expertise.

Rainbow Lanyards for SCS Staff and Students

They’re back – by popular demand – again! Rainbow lanyards are a visible symbol of support for LGBTIQ members of the Monash community and convey the strong message that Monash University celebrates diversity and supports inclusion.

School of Clinical Sciences Awards for Teaching Excellence

The School of Clinical Sciences value the contributions made by staff towards the teaching and learning of our students. This newly created award recognises teaching excellence and is open to professional, academic, adjunct and teaching associate staff who are involved in the teaching and learning of students within the School of Clinical Sciences.

ECR Mentorship Program - helping early career researchers achieve success

Dr Aimee Dordevic and Dr Xin Du
with their mentors
In 2013, the School of Clinical Sciences established the Early Career Researcher Mentorship Program to provide a support framework for ECR's as they progress in their research and teaching careers. The program, which is currently taking applications for 2019-20, pairs mentees with senior academics, providing them with confidential advice and guidance with career planning.

Monash Haematology presents at the 2019 ISTH meeting

Left to right: Dr Min Sheng Lim, A/Prof
Sanjeev Chunilal, Dr Susan Brown and
Dr Ashwini Bennett
The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Scientific Meeting (ISTH) scientific meeting is the largest and most prestigious meeting in the field of thrombosis and haemostasis. This year's event was held in Melbourne, with over 5000 delegates attending. Staff from Monash Haematology, in association with colleagues in pharmacy and radiology, presented a total of four oral communications and six posters.

Supporting workers with endometriosis in the workplace

Safe Work Australia has recently released information on supporting women in the workplace with endometriosis; a disease which affects 1 in 10 women, girls and other individuals of reproductive age. The information is part of the 2018 National Action Plan for Endometriosis, which is aimed at increasing awareness of the prevalance and impact of the disease.

VIIN 2019 Young Investigator Symposium - keynote speakers announced!

The VIIN 2019 Young Investigator Symposium will be taking place on Thursday, 10 October 2019 at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Parkville. We are delighted to announce the keynote speakers for the symposium are:

SCS Staff Meeting - DATE CHANGE

Please note that the SCS staff meeting has been moved to Friday 26 July. The location for the meeting has also changed and will now be held in the Monash University Paediatrics Seminar Room, Level 5, Monash Children's Hospital.

Please vote to help Vanesa help preterm babies breathe at birth

Dr Vanesa Stojanovska, a contender for the Centenary Institute Medical Innovation People's Choice Award needs your help. With less than a week left to vote, Vanesa is currently in second place!

Melbourne Symposium on Cell Biology, Cancer, Immunology and Drug Discovery

PerkinElmer is hosting the Melbourne Symposium on Cell Biology, Cancer, Immunology and Drug Discovery on Monday, 5 August 2019 at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

2019 Prizes & Awards Calendar - July to October

Please refer to the Prizes & Awards (P&A) Calendar for opportunities closing from July through to October 2019. A comprehensive list of world-wide prestigious prizes and awards eligible to Australian researchers is also available at Research Professional.

ATCA Clinical Trials Conference

The Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) International Conference will be taking place in Sydney from the 2-5 October 2019.

Publications for 9th July 2019

Hi-Plex2: a simple and robust approach to targeted sequencing-based genetic screening.
Hammet F et al published in BioTechniques

Non-invasive CT-derived fractional flow reserve and static rest and stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of haemodynamically significant coronary stenosis.
Ko B S et al published in The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging

Meta-Analysis of Accuracy of the Spot Sign for Predicting Hematoma Growth and Clinical Outcomes.
Phan T G et al published in Stroke

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

SCS/MHTP PhD Student Showcase Symposium

You are invited to attend the 2019 Showcase Symposium to be held on Thursday, 29 August 2019 in Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, MHTP Translational Research Facility (TRF). Poster Presentations will be held from 11.00am - 12.45pm and Oral Presentations from 1.00pm - 4.30pm (includes presentation of certificates)

2019 VESKI Victoria Prize for Science, Knowledge & Innovation - NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations for the 2019 Victoria Prize for Science, Knowledge & Innovation (VESKI) are NOW OPEN and close 2:00pm (AEST) on Wednesday 17 July.  Additional information may be found on Research Professional here.

Are you interested in learning more about anti-inflammatory eating?

The Monash University Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) Facility are conducting a study that will investigate the effects of following an anti-inflammatory diet for four weeks on inflammatory and other chronic disease risk markers.

Postgraduate Publications Award (PPA) Round 3/2019

Applications for PPA Round 3/2019 are now open and will close on Monday 1 July 2019. The students who will be submitting their thesis between 1 July - 30 September are eligible for this round. Recipients of PPA will receive a stipend for a maximum of 8 weeks whilst under examination.

Diabetes Week

Diabetes is a growing concern in Australia - currently affecting two million people. Recent data shows that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day, that’s one person every five minutes!

Are you interested in recruiting HDR students?

Please find below details of our forthcoming Student Open Day event for prospective Hons, Masters and PhD students.

Date: Monday, 26 August 2019
Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Location: Monash University, Main Dining Room, 21 Chancellors Walk, Campus Centre, Clayton

Monash Health HREC & SSA Coordinator

Monash Health are recruiting an additional team member for their expanding Research Support Services team. The role is HREC & SSA Coordinator, 0.8 EFT.

Tell us your story

Do you have a latest news story to share with us about your research? Have you received a grant or award? If so, the SCS communications team would like to hear from you.

NHMRC: 2020 Application Dates for major schemes

Following feedback from the sector, the NHMRC has set the open, minimum data and close dates for Investigator Grants, Synergy Grants, Clinical Trial & Cohort Study (CTCS) Grants, and Ideas Grants. The good news? There will be no grants to write over the Christmas period!

2019 ECR Symposium

The Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) will be holding our biennial Early Career Researcher (ECR) Symposium on Monday 28 October 2019 at the Pavilion, Monash University Caulfield campus.  

Update to NHMRC Direct Research Cost Guidelines

NHMRC Direct Research Costs (DRC) guidelines have been revised to align with NHMRC’s new grant program and provide guidance on expenditure of NHMRC funds. This document is available for download from the following link.

SCS Staff Meeting

The next SCS staff meeting will be held on Friday 19 July in Seminar Room 1, Translational Research Facility (Level 2).  Lunch will be served at 12 noon with the meeting commencing at 12.20pm

Biosafety Module 2 available online

Biosafety Module 2 is now available online through myDevelopment. The Module is designed as a curriculum with two components – the course content and a short test. The content will need to be reviewed before the test can be attempted.

Publications for 2nd July 2019

Geriatricians' attitudes towards voluntary assisted dying: A Survey of Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine members.
Munday T et al published in Australasian Journal on Ageing

Prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in rural Tehri Garhwal, India: influence of diagnostic method.
Anderson P et al published in BMC Public Health

Amnion Epithelial Cells Promote Lung Repair via Lipoxin A<sub>4</sub>.
Tan J L et al published in Stem Cells Translational Medicine

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

2019 Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award

The Bupa Health Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2019 Emerging Health Researcher Award.  Offered once a year, this award recognises the valuable contribution early career researchers (no more than 5 years post PhD) make toward improving health outcomes for all Australians.

ImmuMon 2019 Wrap Up

ImmuMon Committee
On June 7 2019, the inaugural ImmuMon (Immunology at Monash) Symposium was held for early-mid career researchers (EMCR). The aim of this exciting event was to promote scientific exchange and link researchers and PhD students, working in the broader field of Immunology across the four major Immunology hubs of Monash University:

Mary Mansilla wins second place in the 3-Minute Thesis Faculty Final

Mary Mansilla and Deputy Dean,
Academic and Graduate Affairs,
Professor Nellie Georgiou-
Congratulations to Mary Mansilla, from the Centre for Reproductive Health, for winning second place ($500 prize) at the Monash University 3-Minute Thesis Faculty Final.

Medicine graduate Sam Cooper helping to improve the lives of resettled refugees

Sam Cooper receives the Shaun Summers
award from Dr Anthony White from the
School of Clinical Sciences
Being able to make a small yet positive impact to those he encounters is what graduate, Sam Cooper, hopes a career in medicine will bring. Yet, as the recipient of the 2018 Shaun Summers Award for Medical Student Research, Sam has already shown just how much of an impact he is making – especially to the lives of refugee families in Australia.

MMC/MCH Site Alert UPDATE: Browns Road North Car Park Tree Works

The Monash Health gardening contractor will be attending to high priority tree works throughout the Browns Road North car park which will be completed over a period of approx two weeks.

HISS invites you to Christmas in July

Hudson Institute Student Society (HISS) is hosting a Christmas in July party for all Hudson and Monash SCS students and staff.

Department of Surgery celebrates 50 years

Professor Julian Smith speaking at
the 50 year celebration dinner
The Department of Surgery in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner held at the Monash Club on Friday, 7 June 2019. Hosted by Professor Julian Smith, Head of Department of Surgery at SCS and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Monash Health, the evening was an opportunity to bring together those who have been pivotal in the department’s success since its beginnings.

Publications for 18th June 2019

Maternal allergic asthma during pregnancy alters fetal lung and immune development in sheep: potential mechanisms for programming asthma and allergy.
Wooldridge A L et al published in The Journal of Physiology

Effect of aorto-ventricular angulation on procedural success in transcatheter aortic valve replacements with the Lotus Valve system.
Rashid H N et al published in Catherization Cardiovascular Interventions

Evaluation of an alternative model for the management of clinical risk in an adult acute psychiatric inpatient unit.
Harrington A et al published in International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Imposter Syndrome': A discussion forum for SCS HDR (PhD and Masters) students

'Imposter Syndrome' is a phrase that describes the inappropriate, but common concern of being exposed as a ‘fraud’. It is generally defined as a feeling that we aren’t good enough or deserving of our success, often accompanied by the fear that one day our peers will realise this.

14th World Congress on Inflammation 2019

The 14th World Congress on Inflammation will be taking place in Sydney from the 15-19 September. Registration is open, with Early Bird rates extended until Friday 28 June. For more information and to register please visit the website.


You are invited to attend the 3rd Innovation and Translation in Imaging Summit 10-11 September 2019 to be held at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exciting event. Registration is free, but spaces are limited. For further information please visit the website.

MRO Guide for Adding Research Outputs into RMS

In 2018, the ARC introduced a new method of adding your research outputs into RMS. Now, for all grant schemes, you are no longer able to upload a PDF of your publications but instead your research outputs should already be loaded into your profile on RMS and then selected in your proposal.

Monash Medical Student Simulation Survey

Monash Children's Hospital are currently conducting a research project to assess what current student experiences and attitudes to simulation based education at university are. They are using this survey to evaluate the current use of simulation based education and to gain an understanding of the current advantages and limitations of simulation based education while at medical school.

Dr Ai Li Yeo receives best clinical abstract award at EULAR

Congratulations to Dr Ai Li Yeo who has received the best clinical abstract award at the 2019 European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) held in Madrid last week.

Dr Yeo, a PhD candidate at Monash University, and Rheumatologist and Infectious Disease Fellow at Monash Health, was one of six people to receive the best clinical abstract award out of almost 5000 submitted.

2019 MHTP Student Open Day

All prospective research students are invited to explore the postgraduate research opportunities (Honours, Masters and Phd projects for 2020 intake) available to you at the Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP).

HISS event this Thursday

HISS are hosting a Dumpling night this Thursday, 20 June at 5:30pm at Ping's Dumpling Kitchen, Clayton

All SCS students are welcome to attend.

For further information please contact Ingrid Dudink, President, Hudson Institute Student Society (HISS) at

Publications 11th June 2019

Age and autonomic control, but not cerebral oxygenation, are significant determinants of EEG spectral power in children.
Walter L M et al published in Sleep

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

Vitamin C, Hydrocortisone and Thiamine in Patients with Septic Shock (VITAMINS) trial: study protocol and statistical analysis plan.
Fujii T et al published in

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Publications 4th June 2019

Assessing ventilatory control stability in children with and without an elevated central apnoea index.
Margot Davey et al published in Respirology

Obesity and anthropometric determinants of autonomic control in children with sleep-disordered breathing-which measurements matter?
Margot Davey et al published in International Journal of Obesity

Response Letter to the Editor-Diamond et al, JBMR.
Peter R Ebeling et al published in The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

Centre for Inflammatory Diseases appoints new director

Congratulations to Professor Michael Hickey on his appointment as Director of the Monash University Centre for Inflammatory Diseases (CID). Michael will take over the role from Professor Richard Kitching, who over the last five years has done an outstanding job in raising the grant success and publication output of the CID under his dynamic leadership.

Middle income families struggling to put food on the table

Research by Dr Sue Kleve from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food shows middle income families are struggling to put food on the table. Read full article here

Original research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 

Monash Gets Moving for Asylum Seekers

Staff, students, and alumni from Monash University are excited to be raising money in support asylum seekers through the 2019 Monash Run for Refugees on Sunday, July 28.

Congratulations to our 3MT winners!

Well done to everyone who participated in round 2 of the 3MT competition held on Wednesday 5 June. We heard outstanding thesis pitches from over 20 competitors across both junior and senior categories.

Dr Simon Craig awarded $5 million in MRFF Million Minds Mission Grant

Congratulations to Dr Simon Craig who has received five million dollars in funding in the recent Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Million Minds Mission grant opportunity, announced last week by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP.

Changes to car parking rates

Please be advised that the hourly car parking rate for the Browns Road staff car park will increase from 0.79 cents to 0.82 cents per hour, effective from Monday 1st July 2019. That means a full day rate (8 hours) is now $6.56 per day.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Register for Transgender Awareness Training

The Monash Ally Network invite you to one of their upcoming Transgender Awareness sessions.

Helping you stay safe

Recently there has been an increase in the number of crime related incidences around the Monash University and MMC area. Making sure you always feel safe is something we take very seriously.

Do you need your profile picture shot?

Our photographer, Ger Hynes, from Hynesite Photography will be on site on Tuesday 11 June from 10.00am until 12noon.

Should we be ditching our smartphones?

If you were to ask SCS's Head of School, Professor Eric Morand, the answer would be unequivocally 'yes'.

Eric was recently interviewed for an article, published in The Age on June 1, about his decision to ditch his smartphone. Having parted ways with it two years ago, Eric says, "I sleep better, I think more clearly and I'm more productive at work."

Read the full article here