School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health staff acknowledged in recent Monash University promotions

Congratulations to all School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health  staff who were successful in this year's Monash University academic promotions round!  This round, we add four Associate Professors and two Senior Lecturers to our group.

Associate Professor Monique Kilkenny is the Head of the National Stroke Data Linkage Program within the Stroke and Ageing Research Group. The projects she leads are essential to investigating quality of care provided to patients with stroke and are the cornerstones of informing the implementation of interventions to improve healthcare and patient outcomes. A/Prof Kilkenny is a highly experienced epidemiologist who has worked in research for over 25 years at National and International level.  In 2019, she received the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Enterprise) from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in recognition of her work towards an integrated national data platform for stroke.

Find out more about Associate Professor Monique Kilkenny.

Associate Professor Ram Nataraja is a dual-trained (UK and Australia) Academic General Paediatric Surgeon working at Monash Children’s Hospital (MCH). He coordinates paediatric simulation-based educational activities at MCH in his role as the Director of Surgical Simulation and Co-Chair of MCH Simulation Service. A/Prof Nataraja has been a pioneer in both minimally invasive surgery in children and surgical simulation for many years, having designed the first validated paediatric surgical bench trainer model in 2002 at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He has an educational and clinical research background with 65 peer reviewed publications including RCTs, 69 international conference presentations, 2 textbooks published by Wiley-Blackwell and 8 book chapters. A/Prof Nataraja is also passionate about educational reform in Low- and Middle-Income countries having been the Monash Children’s Hospital International country lead for Myanmar, successfully conducting a simulation-based medical education programme for the last 4 years with his local in-country colleagues. This work also has led him as temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Find out more about Associate Professor Ram Nataraja

Head of the Sarcopenia, Obesity and Lifestyle LaboratoryAssociate Professor David Scott's research  focuses on age-related changes in skeletal muscle quality (sarcopenia) and adiposity (obesity), their effect on risk for falls, fracture and disability in older adults, and potential lifestyle interventions. He is a collaborator on a number of large cohort studies including the Tasmanian Older Adult Cohort, Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project and Healthy Ageing Initiative (Sweden). A/Prof Scott also leads several clinical trials exploring the effects of exercise and nutrition interventions on improving body composition, physical function and bone health in older populations. He has a keen interest in objective assessments of physical activity and musculoskeletal imaging.

Find out more about Associate Professor David Scott.

Associate Professor Connie Wong is the head of Neuroinflammation Research Group.  The focus of her research is investigating the pathophysiology of stroke and the subsequent host inflammatory response.  A/Prof Wong has had >$4 million research funding, including the highly prestigious CSL Centenary Fellowship (2019), 2 NHMRC Project Grants (2014, 2016), NHMRC Ideas grant (2020) and continual competitive fellowship support since obtaining her PhD, including ARC DECRA (2013) and Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship (2016). Since 2015, A/Prof Wong established the Neuroinflammation Research Group in the Department of Medicine. In 2019, she was appointed the Deputy Director of Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases.

Find out more about Associate Professor Connie Wong.

Senior Lecturer Calum Roberts is a Research Fellow in the Newborn - Lung and Resuscitation Group, Department of Paediatrics, and is a Consultant Neonatologist at Monash Children’s Hospital. He is the current recipient of an NHMRC Early Leadership Grant.  Dr Roberts was the lead investigator of the HIPSTER Trial, and co-investigator on the HUNTER Trial, the two largest clinical trials of neonatal High Flow treatment, both published in the New England Journal of Medicine. His research has also appeared in leading paediatric journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. Dr Roberts has been the recipient of a Society for Pediatric Research (USA) PhD student research award, and a commendation at the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. He is a member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Early Career Research Executive Committee, and of the European Scientific Collaboration for Neonatal Resuscitation.

Find out more about Dr Calum Roberts.

Senior Lecturer Ayse Zengin is a Senior Research Fellow in the Bone and Muscle Health Research Group. Dr Zengin's main research interests are investigating the muscle-bone relationship within the ageing population, imaging bone with advanced technology and the role of nutrition on skeletal health in older adults across ethnic populations. More recently, Dr Zengin was awarded funding for the Study of Indigenous Muscle and Bone Ageing (SIMBA) project, to understand why falls and fracture risks are increased in Indigenous Australians. Alongside her research activities, Dr Zengin currently Co-Chairs the Early Career Investigator Committee (ECIC) of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, in addition to the European Society of Endocrinology's Young Endocrinologists and Scientists (EYES) Committee.

Find out more about Dr Ayse Zengin.