Around the Precinct – 15 September 2022

Monash researcher shares in more than US$5 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia research, breaking down the barriers to abortion for Australian women, and how yoga and meditation could help with heart arrhythmia – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Alfred Health

Women’s Endocrinology Clinic filling gap for Victorians
A one-of-a-kind specialist endocrinology unit at The Alfred is playing a key role in supporting the reproductive health of Victorian women with complex health conditions – including those requiring transplant.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Primary Immunodeficiencies research investigates antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in immunoglobulin products
Congratulations to Dr Emily Edwards on winning the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) Primary Immunodeficiencies (PID) Clinical Research Grant of $30,000 (supported by CSL Behring) this year.
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A way forward to reliably triage acute stroke for rapid management
Time to treatment after a stroke is critically important to reduce the chance of brain damage. Acute stroke is caused by either a sudden bleed (or haemorrhage) or a decrease in blood supply due to a blockage of an artery to the brain (ischaemia). These two distinct types of stroke require completely separate treatment pathways.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

US$5.2M joint grant will enable world’s largest study of Alzheimer’s blood tests
Dementia epidemiologist A/Prof Joanne Ryan from the Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is one of three leaders on a US $5.2 million multiple principal investigator grant from the US National Institutes of Health, that will enable the world’s largest cohort study of blood biomarker candidates for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).
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Women’s Health Week: Breaking down the barriers to abortion access in Australia
For Women’s Health Week, Lens speaks to Professor Danielle Mazza, Monash’s Chair of General Practice, about the challenges that remain for women seeking an abortion in Australia, and what can be done to help.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Fast Five with Dee Tomic
Last week, we recognised R U OK? Day across the Institute. PhD student in Diabetes and Population Health Dee Tomic is well versed in the importance of starting conversations and looking after your mental health as a former ambassador for youth mental health organisation Headspace.
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How yoga can ease the symptoms of a common heart rhythm disorder – ABC RN
Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia characterised by a rapid and irregular heartbeat. While stress is a known consequence of the condition, it can also bring on symptoms. There is increasing evidence that relaxation methods like yoga and meditation can help manage the condition.
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The Virus: How long should I isolate for? – ABC TV
Dr Norman Swan joins Jeremy Fernandez to discuss the latest studies looking at the link between long Covid and heart and neurological issues, as research continues.
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Burnet Institute

Reflecting on the importance of the 56th PNG Medical Symposium
Locally led conferences allow for the sharing of new ideas as well as insights into local issues that aren’t always evident at more internationally focussed meetings, writes Dr Stefanie Vaccher.
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