Monday, 9 April 2018

Win for medical research involving genetic testing

Dr Paul Lacaze and Ms Jane Tiller
Head of Public Health Genomics, Dr Paul Lacaze, and Ethical, Legal and Social Adviser, Jane Tiller, have again been in the media again following the final report release from the Parliamentary Inquiry on Life Insurance. The pair have worked tirelessly and successfully to draw attention to the issue of genetic testing and life insurance.  Paul appeared on ABC TV over the weekend, and the two recently co-authored an article in The Conversation which is being devoured by readers and is generating intense debate.

Australian Life Insurers will be prohibited from using predictive genetic test results, other than where consumers willingly provide negative test results indicating reduced risk, if the Inquiry’s full recommendations are adopted. The recommendations would bring Australia into line with the United Kingdom and most other developed nations, yet still require implementation by the government.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

New Centre of Research Excellence opened by Health Minister

(L) Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP; (R) Minister Hunt chats with Prof Buchbinder

The ANZMUSC Centre of Research Excellence was officially launched by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health on Thursday 22nd March. The new NHMRC-funded Centre is based at the Cabrini Institute in Malvern and aims to improve musculoskeletal health through high quality collaborative research. 

The event was officiated by Dr Michael Walsh, CEO of Cabrini Health. Speakers included Professor Marc Parlange, Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University, and Dr Andrew Black, Director of Research Development and Collaboration in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at The University of Sydney. 

Double nominees in the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research

Nominees with Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP. Ingrid is 
front row third from left, Aya is is fifth from left.

The Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research was announced this week and our School was fortunate enough to be represented by two outstanding nominees. Ms Aya Mousa from the Monash Centre for Health Research Implementation and Dr Ingrid Hopper from the Australian Breast Device Registry were both in the running, highlighting the incredible breadth and quality of research coming out of SPHPM.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Guiding use of one of the most expensive diagnostic tools in Australia

A/Prof Carol Hodgson has been busy co-authoring on a major position paper published in Intensive Care Medicine recently. Carol sits on both the Scientific and the Executive committees of the International ECMO Network, and was part of an international, multidisciplinary group asked to contribute their expertise to this publication.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) involves mechanical oxygenation of blood which is pumped out the body and into an ECMO machine. The machine removes carbon dioxide, adds oxygen, and then pumps it back into the patient.  It’s often a last-ditch treatment for critically ill people with acute respiratory or cardiac failure, where mainstream life support has failed.

ECR grant win helping to prevent gestational diabetes

Ms Aya Mousa (left) and Dr Stacey Ellery (right)
This article is adapted from this article written by Kristy Sheridan, Hudson Institute.

Early career researchers Ms Aya Mousa and Dr Stacey Ellery won the Monash Health Translation Precinct Research Week ECR speed networking event recently, receiving a $10,000 grant to progress their collaborative research idea looking at the mechanisms of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). 

This condition affects 20,000 Australian women each year. Women with GDM are at higher risk of pre-eclampsia and preterm birth, and the disease predisposes both mother and infant to developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases later in life.


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