Seminar Program

SPHPM seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the Ground Floor Conference Rooms at
553 St Kilda Road unless otherwise stated. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

Enquiries: A/Prof Anita Wluka +61 3 9903 0994 or SPHPM Reception +61 3 9903 0555.

Monash Ageing Research Centre (MONARC) seminars can be found here.


Occupational exposure to cleaning / disinfection products and respiratory health
Dr Orianne Dumas – Inserm (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research)

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Orianne Dumas, PhD, is a researcher at Inserm (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) with expertise in occupational and respiratory epidemiology. She has conducted research in several large respiratory epidemiological studies, such as the Epidemiological study on the Genetics and Environment of Asthma (EGEA, France) and the Nurses' Health Study II (NHSII, USA).

Many people are regularly exposed to cleaning products and disinfectants in private homes or at work. Exposure levels are particularly high among healthcare workers. The impact of these exposures on respiratory health is a growing concern. Recent results regarding the relationship between occupational exposure to cleaning products / disinfectants and chronic respiratory diseases (asthma and COPD) will be presented. Methodological challenges (eg. exposure assessment, healthy worker effect) in the evaluation of health effects of these exposures will also be discussed.


The new data world (or why registries are sooo last century...)
A/Prof Chris Pearce – Director of Research, Royal District Nursing Service Institute

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Associate Professor Christopher Pearce is a practicing clinician in general practice, anaesthetics and emergency medicine, and an academic with a passion for the benefits that health informatics can bring. He has both research and policy experience in E-Health. He is the Director of Research, Royal District Nursing Service Institute and Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local, an Adjunct, Monash University and Visiting Fellow, Australian National University.


Vision for the Faculty
Prof Christina Mitchell, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne


Iron and Alzheimer's disease – what's the connection? From observational data to intervention studies
Prof Ashley Bush and Dr Scott Ayton – The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Ashley Bush is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne, and Director of the Melbourne Centre for Dementia Research based at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, currently listed in Thomson Reuters' "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds". Dr Scott Ayton is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Melbourne Centre for Dementia Research based at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and The University of Melbourne.

Iron could be one lesion that propels the syndromic progression of dementia but, until recently, the evidence linking brain iron with clinical deterioration in Alzheimer’s disease was lacking. Using a variety of methods (CSF ferritin and imaging, Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping-MRI and post mortem work, amongst others) they demonstrate data to support the therapeutic approach of lowering brain iron. They will test this in the 3D study – a phase IIb clinical trial that will identify whether lowering brain iron with the iron chelator deferiprone slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


Understanding and promoting health practitioner behaviour change: an introduction
Dr Peter Bragge – BehaviourWorks Australia

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 12:30pm–1:30pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Peter Bragge is an Associate Professor at BehaviourWorks Australia, an applied behavioural research centre within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Peter specialises in healthcare quality improvement through translation of research evidence into practices, systems, and policies. This involves research evidence synthesis, qualitative exploration of practice behaviour, stakeholder consultation to design behaviour change strategies and testing and embedding these into practice. He has published extensively in academic journals such as The Lancet and is active in other media such as The Conversation.


Large-scale systems epidemiology – recent applications and current trends
Prof Mika Ala-Korpela – Professor of Computational Medicine, University of Oulo (Finland)

Thursday 23 November 2017, 3:00pm–4:00pm | Conference Rooms, 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Professor Ala-Korpela is an adjunct at SPHPM, and will start at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in January 2018, as the Head of Systems Epidemiology. He is currently the Professor of Computational Medicine at the Medical Faculty, University of Oulu, Finland and at Population Health Science, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, UK.

His research focuses on lipoprotein and lipid metabolism, development and applications of multivariate data analysis methods for metabolic phenotyping and risk assessment and the utilisation of various 'omics technologies in clinical and systems epidemiology to study the aetiology of metabolic diseases. He has over 25 years of experience in biomedical research and has pioneered high throughput applications of serum metabolomics in molecular epidemiology and functional genetics.