Alumni eNews september 2015

Dean, Professor Christina Mitchell

Message from the Dean

It is my pleasure to introduce the inaugural edition of our Faculty eNews, designed to keep you up to date about events, groundbreaking research, and opportunities for further study or professional development, and news from your former classmates. Read more

Dean in key breast cancer discovery
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A research team led by Dean, Professor Christina Mitchell has uncovered a new breast cancer gene with a key role in metastasis. The gene is responsible for triggering the disease, increasing the growth of the primary tumour and regulating its spread. The discovery paves the way for the development of therapies that target the early stages of breast cancer. Read more
New drug may halt diabetic kidney disease
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Monash MNHS researchers have identified a possible new therapy for diabetic kidney disease, the major cause of chronic kidney failure in Australia and around the world. Dr Greg Tesch and Associate Professor David Nikolic-Paterson found that inhibiting apoptosis signal-regulating kinase-1 - or ASK1 - halts the progression of the disease. Find out more
A wonderfully wicked evening of music
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Experience the music of Wicked and Star Wars performed by the accomplished Monash Medical Orchestra in celebration of their fifth anniversary.
When: 5pm, Sunday 4 October
Where: James Tatoulis Auditorium Methodist Ladies' College
RSVP: Register for your free ticket

Translational Research Symposium

How do we speed up the basic findings of medical research into clinical practice, without any compromise of research quality? An outstanding scientific program features leading translational medical researchers in Monash’s inaugural Translational Research in Medicine Symposium. The Symposium will bring together experts from across the medical continuum, who will present case studies on what works best to expedite discovery to application. There will also be a celebration of 50 years since the founding of the Monash University Department of Medicine at the Alfred Hospital. View program (pdf).

When: Wednesday, 30 September. Registration at 8am for 9am start
Where: AMREP Lecture Theatre, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne. View map.
RSVP: By Friday 25 September for catering purposes
Contact: or +61 3 9903 0640

Lydia Johns-Putra Meet Dr Lydia Johns-Putra
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery alumna Dr Lydia Johns-Putra moved to Melbourne from Malaysia at 18 to study Medicine at Monash. Read her story 
A group of researchers Opportunities: Become a translational researcher
Even the most brilliant discoveries can get lost in translation into everyday medical treatments. Our new doctoral program and graduate certificate in Translational Research will help take your work from bench to bedside. Learn more
2015 MBBS reunions – save the date

Your reunion is a chance to reconnect with friends you’ve lost contact with along the way, swap stories and ultimately just have a great time. If you're interested in arranging a reunion for old classmates, please email Meghan Griffin. We would love to help you get in touch and promote the event.

1970 MBBS Reunion
When: 7pm, Saturday 21 November
Where: Metropolitan Golf Club
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1975 MBBS Reunion
When: Saturday 17 October
Where: MCC AFL Room
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1980 MBBS Reunion
When: Saturday 17 October
Where: MCG Function Room
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1985 MBBS Reunion
When: Saturday 24 October
Where: The Como Room, Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club
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1990 MBBS Reunion
When: Saturday 28 November
Where: Monash University, Clayton campus
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1995 MBBS Reunion
When: Saturday 14 November
Where: TBA (venue to be decided pending numbers)
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