Around the Precinct – 7 October 2021

Awards for Alliance researchers, analysing the impact of the most recent COVID-19 outbreak on our health system, and calls for more support for women in medical research – this week at the Alfred Research Alliance.

Monash women in STEMM

Researchers have analysed whether enough is being done to support and retain women in medical research.

Monash University

Outstanding achievements celebrated at the 2021 Dean’s Awards for Excellence
Twenty-five Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences individuals and team recipients were recognised for their outstanding achievements in education, research, industry education programs, professional services and doctoral thesis.
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STEMM the flow: More work needed to support women in medical research
Federal government investment in the National and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has remained unchanged in recent years, which, together with newly-revised funding schemes, have resulted in a reduction in the number of successfully-funded research projects.
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Cardiovascular health – matters of the heart
Monash is bringing together world-leading experts to tackle heart disease and develop game-changing treatment options and technologies.
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Monash Central Clinical School

New study to look at TMS treatment for OCD
The benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the focus of a collaborative study between Monash University and the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH).
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Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Worksafe’s hotel quarantine breach penalties are a warning for other employers
Breaches in Victoria’s hotel quarantine system in 2020 led to the State’s prolonged lockdown last year, costing the State millions of dollars, hundreds of deaths and untold disruption to the lives of Victorians. Now the State’s occupational health and safety regulator, Worksafe, has charged Victoria’s health department with 58 breaches for failing to provide hotel quarantine staff with a safe workplace.
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Monash researchers outline predictions, and some answers, to the expected COVID tsunami into our hospital system
A paper outlining the severe problems facing Australia’s hospital system in the coming months as COVID-19 cases increase – as well as some solutions – has been published in Emergency Medicine Australasia.
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Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

New tools for the discovery of new medicines – The Conversation
In a recent piece for The Conversation in Spain, Baker Institute researcher Dr Sergio Ruiz explains how technological developments are helping scientists deliver new drugs faster than ever before.
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Burnet Institute

OzSage advice on protecting children from COVID-19
OzSage, the new multi-disciplinary network of Australian experts formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has released new advice on the protection of children from COVID-19 and making schools and childcare safer.
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Vaccines-plus crucial to COVID-19 exit
Mandatory vaccination, the need for a ‘vaccines plus’ exit from lockdown, and compliance fatigue were among the topics addressed by Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise this morning.
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Overnight spike in Victorian cases another hard COVID-19 lesson
Victorians were stunned when a huge surge in COVID-19 cases were reported, with illegal gatherings on the AFL Grand Final weekend a key driver in transmission rates, despite Melbourne being in lockdown.
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