Around the Precinct – 4 August 2022

Funding for next-generation HIV antivirals, the protein discovery that could improve vaccine performance and confirmation of the link between many contraceptive pills and depression – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Monash contraceptive pill and depression

A review by Monash researchers has found many types of contraceptive pills cause depression in vulnerable women.

Alfred Health

From ICU to skydiving: Sam receives the gift of life
Sam Ira has been to Antarctica, visited Uluru and recently went skydiving – life-long goals the 43-year-old says seemed unachievable not so long ago.
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Monash University

Find out more about Honours and postgraduate study at the Alfred Research Alliance
Central Clinical School and the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine together with Alfred Research Alliance partners Baker and Burnet Institutes are hosting an information night on 11 August 2022 for intending Honours and postgraduate students.
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Monash University – Central Clinical School

Messenger protein could potentially boost vaccine performance
A study by Monash University researchers has revealed the way a protein important in immune cell signalling can amplify the immune response, which could potentially benefit vaccine design.
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Money talks: Funding fuels gender inequity in STEMM leadership
Universally, women are underrepresented in senior academic leadership in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine (STEMM).
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Review reinforces link between contraceptive pill and depression
A review by Prof Jayashri Kulkarni and Dr Eveline Mu found that there were few oral contraceptive pills on the market that didn’t cause depression in vulnerable women.
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Platelets and their response to acute changes in blood flow
In world-first research to combine computational models of blood flow with single platelet signalling studies, a Monash collaborative study has found that platelets are able to sense acute changes in blood flow found within diseased vessels or blood-contacting devices through a unique mechano-sensor.
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Monash University – School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Counting calories: the drive to improve nutrition support in hospitals
The importance of achieving optimal energy intake for health and wellbeing is well known – just look at the millions of people who track and adjust their calorie intake to influence their weight and muscle mass.
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Taking flexibility in education to new levels
School clinical trials experts have led a trailblazing new short course, the School’s first stackable, micro-credentialed short course.
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Burnet Institute

Burnet teams up with Monash and BioCurate to develop novel HIV antivirals
Burnet Institute and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences have received funding from BioCurate to develop next-generation HIV antivirals.
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Burnet launches bold 2030 Strategy
At Burnet, we are helping to create the future of health – where diseases are eliminated, the world is more prepared, and future generations thrive.
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Act on the evidence to improve COVID control
Public health experts call on political leaders to implement an evidence-based, comprehensive COVID response.
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