Headlines July 2017


Three-Minute Thesis Comp comes to SPHPM

Last morning tea saw the SPHPM heats of the Three-Minute Thesis competition take place. Alexandra Chung took first place with her presentation on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Australian children. Marliese Alexander took second place with her presentation on biomarkers for the prediction of thromboembolism in lung cancer (BIOTEL).

The competition was started by the University of Queensland, and encourages PhD students to develop necessary research communication skills.


Carol's European visit

A/Prof Carol Hodgson was invited speaker to Das SMACC – the Social Media And Critical Care conference 2017, hosted by Germany. She spoke about interdisciplinary projects, and long term recovery after critical illness. She also met with investigators in Germany who are interested in participating in the Trial of Early Activity & Mobilisation in ICU (TEAM Trial).

She also visited the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona that has 5 ICUs and more than 80 ICU beds to speak about our program is research in early mobilisation.


MCHRI team lead international panel

During their attendance at the ESHRE meeting in Switzerland, Prof Helena Teede, Dr Anju Joham and Dr Marie Misso from MCHRI led a PCOS international guideline panel in Geneva this week. The panel involving consumers, primary care and multiple medical and health disciplines met to provide clinical and treatment recommendations based on large scale evidence synthesis led by Marie Misso. The team are building on their prior work with WHO on guidelines and are leading an international evidence network in women's health.


STAREE reaches the regions

The major focus of 2017 for STAREE thus far has been the expansion of the trial to regional and rural areas. This expansion aims to build clinical research capacity in these areas and provide opportunities for regional and rural residents to participate in clinical trials.

In Victoria, Clinical Trial Centres have been established by SPHPM in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Traralgon and Mildura. In Tasmania, clinical research hubs in Launceston and Burnie are underway. Supporting and developing STAREE regional clinical trial centres will not only strengthen connections between regional health professionals and the research sector, and provide local employment and skills training, but will also encourage participation and interest by healthy older persons living in regional and rural areas in this major, community based clinical research program.


Medicine and the Media short course announced

This November, we will be running a new course about the interaction between medicine and the media. In this one-day interactive course, participants will gain an understanding of the paradigm of evidence-based medicine and how it can be used to enhance reporting, using illustrative examples. Participants from a journalism background will have the opportunity to engage in small group workshops to undertake tasks to improve their evidence-based reporting. Researchers and academics will participate in small group sessions covering tips for better engagement with media, such as how to stay on message, avoid being misquoted and steer away from difficult areas. Researchers and academics will have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in a mock media interview with a health journalist, and receive targeted feedback to improve interview skills.

Heart hands

Participants wanted

Help protect yourself from one of Australia's biggest killers Do you have a family history of heart disease? Would you like to know how to reduce your risk? Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute is calling on people aged 40–70 years to take part in an innovative research study that aims to advance the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Institute Director and cardiologist Prof Tom Marwickis investigating the use of coronary scanning to identify people in high-risk groups before they develop serious symptoms. The CAUGHT-CAD study includes over 700 people who haven't experienced a cardiovascular event themselves, but have immediate family members or relatives who have. For more information, please contact Jo Harris on (03) 8532 1511 or baker.CAUGHT@bakeridi.edu.au


Malcolm shines a light on Black Lung

Prof Malcolm Sim was invited to give the keynote address at the recent Asian Conference on Occupational Health held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. His talk was on 'Re-emergence of traditional occupational diseases', with a featured case study of the recent MonCOEH project investigating Black Lung in Queensland coal miners. Malcolm also represented the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the management meeting of the Asian Association of Occupational Health, which was held during the conference. The next conference will be held in Seoul in 2020.


Sarah presents in Thailand

Sarah Ashton, PhD Candidate with the Jean Hailes Research Unit, was supported by a Monash University travel grant to present some of her research results at the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) on 14 July in Bangkok, Thailand. Her presentation 'Australian young women's experience of pornography in relationships' was well received and led to some valuable international and Australian contacts.


CCRET presents on the horizons of cardiology

Co-Director of CCRET Prof Chris Reid was invited to speak at the recent Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress, held in Singapore. Chris's first presentation was titled 'Commentary Nishihara et al – The JAMIR Registry. The Impact of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for the Aging Population and Heart Failure Incidence – what's looming on the horizon?' Chris also presented 'Heart Failure Incidence – what's looming on the horizon?' CCRET's Angela Brennan also spoke at the conference, presenting 'Melbourne Interventional Group – Future for Big Data'. While at the Congress, Chris and Angela also hosted a meeting of the ASia Pacific Evaluation of Cardiovascular Therapies (ASPECT) PCI Collaboration with cardiologists attending from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.


Ilana's joint fellowship

A/Prof Ilana Ackerman was one of three recipients to secure a four-year fellowship from the Victorian Labor Government. Ilana will be using the fellowship to research how and why hip and knee replacements can sometimes fail, and develop methods to minimise it. Brigitte Smith, chair of the panel that awarded the fellowships said that they were selected "to prioritise the key research projects which we are confident will have a real and lasting impact on people's health and wellbeing".


James appointed to global TB body

Congratulations to James Trauer, who has been appointed as a rotating committee member for TB-MAC (the TB Modelling and Analysis Consortium), the global coordinating body of tuberculosis modelling and analysis. James was one of four successful applicants from around the world selected to serve on the committee over the course of the next three years from a field of high-quality applicants. James will be travelling to Geneva in September to attend TB-MAC's face-to-face meeting on coordination of global TB modelling activities.