Biomedicine Alumni eNews December 2018

Message from the Director of the Monash BDI

It has been a momentous year here at the Monash BDI. Our researchers have made breakthroughs in controlling cancer, autoimmune disease, killing superbugs, renal disease and much more. These discoveries will form the basis of future treatments of disease and partnering with investors and industry is helping us get our discoveries from the lab to the clinic as quickly as possible. Of course, another highlight for me has been connecting with you, our Alumni, through this newsletter and in person through our public events.

Indeed, it was a real pleasure to meet many of you in person at our Slaying Superbugs panel discussion and The Obesity Paradox public lecture. There will be more exciting news to share next year, including more on our research breakthroughs, as well as the opening of our brand new world-leading teaching building. The Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building contains five floors of state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and open plan learning spaces.

As the year rapidly comes to an end, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families all the best for the festive season and 2019.

Best wishes,

Professor John Carroll
Director, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Dean, Biomedical Sciences, Monash University

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Slaying Superbugs: Exploring the frontiers of Antimicrobial Resistance

Our first Biomedicine Alumni event was held in September at the Royal Society of Victoria.

We were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet and reconnect with many of you and were delighted by the engagement and positive feedback.

You can view the photo gallery for this event here.

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Landmark alliance in clinical and experimental biomedicine

The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) has recently formalised an alliance with one of the largest research facilities and medical universities in China, Wenzhou Medical University (WMU).

The Alliance will enable researchers from the Monash BDI and WMU to collaborate on key research initiatives including; antimicrobial resistance, cancer and reproductive medicine. Collaborative projects will be supported by facilities for genome sequencing, mass spectrometry, organoid research and other molecular biology research.

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Biomedical science industry night

The Monash BDI recently held its inaugural Biomedical Science Industry Night, aimed at connecting students, industry, employers and alumni.

A panel discussion included six biomedical science and science alumni and an industry representative from BioCurate. The alumni on the panel had unique perspectives to offer, all hailing from various industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical and education.

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Obesity on the agenda

A month of BDI obesity-themed activities in September/October included a public lecture delivered by distinguished Professor Jeffrey Flier, former Dean of Medicine at Harvard University.

“The Obesity Paradox”, which was attended by many Monash Biomedicine Alumni, took the audience through the journey of obesity research in the last 50 years.

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Where has your Biomedical Sciences degree taken you?

Please share your story, career journey and achievements with us and the Biomedicine Alumni community through this publication.

We are really keen to hear from you!

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