Around the Precinct – 16 September 2021

A new approach for detecting and managing melanoma, putting patients first and a new round of funding for Alliance researchers – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Alfred Health melanoma imaging

Alfred Health and Monash University have introduced a world-first 3D imaging service for the detection of melanoma.

Alfred Health

World-first approach to improve melanoma outcomes arrives at The Alfred
Victorians at risk of melanoma now have access to cutting-edge 3D whole body imaging, which promises to improve detection and management of the deadly cancer.
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Measuring the severity of concussion, as it happens
A revolutionary new device could soon give medical professionals the ability to test for the presence and severity of concussion within minutes with a simple finger-prick blood test.
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Monash University

NHMRC Investigator Grants Success
This week, Monash University has been awarded over $43 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grants, and a new Centre for Research Excellence, to support the work of more than 30 research leaders.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Giving prominence to the patient perspective
There is an increasing awareness within the health and medical research community that including the patient perspective in research design and implementation greatly enhances the significance, relevance and quality of research outcomes.
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World’s largest study of frontline healthcare workers during 2020’s second wave report significant increase in workload
The largest study of the impact of COVID on workplace disruption to front line health care workers has revealed that almost half reported altered paid or unpaid hours, with over one in six being redeployed and one in four reporting changes in work roles.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Latest figures on Australian ICUs underscore need for greater vaccination
Utilising data from SPRINT-SARI Australia, the vaccination status of nearly 700 COVID-19 positive people admitted to intensive care wards in Australia, has been examined.
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New CRE to drive fast, accurate and equitable diagnosis for dementia
Dr Darshini Ayton will serve as the Monash lead on a new $3 million Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) announced in the latest NHMRC round. The CRE in Enhanced Dementia Diagnosis (CREEDD) will be managed by researchers at The Florey Institute, and will be a highly collaborative affair with research teams from both organisations bringing their specific expertise to the table.
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Monash University and Alfred Health take part in world-first approach to improve melanoma outcomes using 3D whole body imaging
Monash University and Alfred Health are among 15 health services and research organisations around Australia that will attempt to improve melanoma detection by using the advanced imaging technology provided by the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Australian Centre of Excellence in Melanoma Imaging and Diagnosis (ACEMID).
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New network to boost access to long-acting contraception and early medical abortion in primary care
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care (SPHERE) has launched a ground-breaking Australian-first online network that aims to increase Australian women’s access to long-acting contraception and early medical abortion in primary care.
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Smoke and mirrors: disentangling the health impacts from bushfire smoke and general pollution
Planetary health researcher and Head of our Climate, Air Quality Research Unit, Professor Yuming Guo, is a Chief Investigator on a US$1 million grant recently announced, which will see him explore the health impacts the disastrous 2019/2020 bushfire season had on pregnant women in communities exposed to smoke.
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Room for improvement in osteoporosis diagnosis
Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation clinician researchers, Endocrinologist A/Prof Amanda Vincent and Endocrinologist and PhD student Dr Alicia Jones, have found significant room for improvement in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in a study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Densiometry.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Investigator grants to deliver more targeted healthcare
More than $7 million in funding to develop precision medicine targeting Australia’s most common and debilitating diseases — heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease — has been awarded to the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.
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Burnet Institute

More Victorians intend to get vaccinated for COVID-19 but mixed understanding of the implications of being vaccinated
More than 86 per cent of Victorians in the Optimise study are now ‘definitely’ intending to be vaccinated or are already vaccinated for COVID-19, with significant increases reported amongst healthcare workers and people aged 35-44 years.
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New Burnet modelling: Tougher restrictions in NSW’s 12 LGAs of concern ‘turns the corner’ on cases, not just rising vaccination levels
In a pandemic, you expect that as new public health measures are introduced, there’s an observable impact on the spread of the disease. But while that might have been the case in Melbourne’s second wave last year, the highly contagious Delta variant is different. In Sydney’s current second wave, none of the increased restrictions seemed to have directly decreased the spread of COVID-19. Until now.
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NHMRC grants for Burnet Emerging Leaders
Burnet Institute research into global adolescent health, menstrual health, and the control of hepatitis C will benefit from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Emerging Leadership Grants valued at more than AUD$3 million.
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Australians remain stoic and community focused as lockdowns continue, social media analysis shows
Analysis of social media posts in August 2021 shows Australian users are weary of lockdowns, but continue to understand the need to protect lives.
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