29 Jun 2014

Photo of the week: MAPRc launch of the Facebook Affective Disorder (FAD) app

The Hon. Jeff Kennett and Dr Rowan
Miller, at the MAPrc FAD launch
MAPRc and RMIT researchers are looking at how social media can be used to prevent relapse in a person living with mental illness. The world-first pilot study will use a Facebook app to look at changes in a person’s social media interactions to predict when a person living with a mental illness is likely to experience a relapse. Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Centre (MAPrc), said social media had the potential to be a life-saving way to prevent relapse for patients with bipolar disorder, a substantial clinical problem. The app was launched on 26 June and had much media pickup. See Monash story.
See MAPrc-FAD launch Gallery for more photos
See CCS Monash's Google+ page for more photo albums. 
Many thanks to Ramise Felise for a great job adding photo albums to our CCS G+ page, which has now received almost 80,000 views since it started in February.

HDR seminars and major CCS events

All event notices are maintained on the CCS Events calendars (including local events such as professional development and trade fairs and HDR calendars). For a consolidated view, details of events and to see all events and deadlines, see Announcements. Various Departments have their own calendars, see CCS seminar index: www.med.monash.edu.au/cecs/events/seminars.html 

What's on for this week (HDR events)

Mon Jun 30 11:00 AM Deadline: Applications for round - 2/2014 Postgraduate PublicationAwards
Mon 30 Jun 12:30 PM Alfred Psychiatry Grand Rounds - Dr Erica Neill (MAPrc)
Tue Jul 1 1:00 PM PhD Pre-submission review - Dr Matthew Kitson
Fri Jul 4 12:30 PM PhD Pre-submission revew - Ms Fiona Wightman
1:00 PM PhD Pre-submission review - Ms Nitasha Kumar

Forthcoming HDR seminars

Wed Jul 9 12:30 PM Phd Mid-candidature review - Mr Abhirup Jayasimhan
Tue Aug 1210 AM2014 CCS 3 MT competition
Thu Jul 1710 AMMaking professional connections: LinkedIn seminar

Major CCS events

10 July 2014 CCS Public lecture "Challenges of living well with HIV: Where to from here?"

Professor Jenny Hoy
CCS is holding its annual public lecture for 2014 on 10 July, on a viral infection that has changed our world, the Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV). Professor Jennifer Hoy has 30 years' experience in HIV clinical research and patient care, particularly on how HIV contributes to the increased likelihood of chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. She will describe how the lives of people with HIV transform, how her current research is changing the way doctors help people with HIV, and outline the challenges ahead. See web page with detail & RSVP link.

2014 CCS 3MT competition

2013 CCS 3MT winners:

Central Clinical School HDR students regularly compete in the "Three Minute Thesis" competition (3MT), offered in every Australian university. The CCS 3 Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for HDR students to convey the relevance and importance of their research in just 3 minutes.  2014 CCS 3MT will be held on Tuesday 12 August 10-11am at Lecture theatre, Level 5, Alfred Centre.  Please come along and support the participants.  All welcome.   CLICK HERE to RSVPPlease visit the CCS 3MT competition page for participants' profiles and other information.

Congratulations to Brenda Button on her award of a 2014 Churchill Fellowship

Congratulations to Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Brenda Button on her award of a 2014 Churchill Fellowship. This is a wonderful honour and tribute to Brenda’s excellence as an exceptional, innovative and committed physiotherapist. Brenda’s project is to “Gain expertise in life supportive treatment for patients bridged to lung transplant on external mechanical oxygenation (ECMO)”. Brenda joins an elite Churchill Fellowship group from AIRmed as previous recipients include Associate Professors Anne Holland and Bronwyn Levvey.

Media mentions

23/06/2014 Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Director, MAPrc, discussed the link between hormones and mental health.
The Conversation

25/06/2014 27/06/2014 Professor Peter Gibson, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology, commented on gluten free diets.  He said that people are adopting a gluten free diet without needing to. Gibson mentioned it as an epidemic across the US, Europe NZ and Australia.
Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, 3AW, The Courier-Mail and two other online publications.
Radio National Canberra and syndicated to 8 regional radio stations
Prof Gibson "will take the newest trend of gluten-free foods head on, exploring whether increasing demand driven by consumers, pseudoscience or science" on the 47th AIFST Annual Convention. Food Australia
26/06/2014 Prof Gibson said that about 1-2 per cent of the adult population has coeliac disease, but about 10 per cent are avoiding gluten.
ABC South East NSW, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC South West WA, Channel 7, Channel 10, and 17 other publications.
  25/06/2014 Dr Jane Muir, Head of Translational Nutrition, Department of Gastroenterology: "will separate fact from fiction in the emerging story of gut health" on the 47th AIFST Annual Convention.
Food Australia

26/06/2014, 27/06/204 Professor Sharon Lewin, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases, is quoted in reference to her study on advancements in HIV treatment and prevention.  She said that there was still no cure or vaccine for HIV.
News Medical, The Age, Canberra Times

26/06/2014 Professor Paul Fitzgerald, MAPrc, commented about people living with mental illness like bipolar and their use of social media.
3AW Melbourne
27/06/2014 Prof Fitzgerald commented on the recently launched special app for Facebook users to predict mental health relapses.  He said that users would receive a message when their use has changed
612 ABC Brisbane and syndicated to 74 regional radio stations.

Staff News

Welcome to the following MAPrc staff: 
Professor David Barton, formally the Clinical Director of Psychiatry at Monash Health (which used to be called Southern Health) has joined MAPrc/CCS as a new adjunct Monash University Professor of Psychiatry. David has an excellent track record of clinical research in depression and cardiovascular disease and has an ongoing appointment with the Baker IDI. David also has a long history of innovative teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates in psychiatry, as well as providing clinical treatment for many patients with complex mental disorders. He will be at MAPrc on a part-time basis. Welcome Professor Barton

Kylie White is working as an Events volunteer, assisting with the organisation of the Fun Run. Her work interests are in marketing. She is from Australia and her interests are in mental health, trauma, running and property.
Wei Lin Toh is a research officer , working with Professor Susan Rossell. Her work interests are in eye- tracking in body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Also auditory verbal hallucinations in bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder.
Wei Lin is from Singapore and enjoys travel , trying new foods, has a passion for animal welfare and especially loves dogs.

Monash online OHS hazard and incident reporting system: Thu 10 Jul 2014 11 am -12 noon and 1-2 pm

Monash University is soon to implement an online OHS hazard and incident reporting system the first module in the Safety And Risk Analysis Hub or SARAH. The user-friendly and intuitive system will replace the current paper based process and will provide supervisors and managers with live and accurate information on events reported in their areas while reducing the time and effort required to investigate and action reported hazards and incidents. Info sessions: 10 July 11-12 & 1-2 pm.