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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Australia’s capacity to deliver innovative solutions to critical global health problems has been enhanced with the development of Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) which was officially opened on Nov. 14 by Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP.

Prime Minister opens Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Monash University Dr Jerome Le Nours, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Dr Richard Berry, Ms Julia Banks MP, Director of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Professor John Carroll, Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP (Photo: Monash University)

Monash University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull to the launch of the Monash BDI, which brings together a collaborative research effort of great scale that will see more than 120 world-renowned research teams, 700 on site researchers, clinical partners and industry working together. The Monash BDI will be located at Monash’s Clayton campus where it will form a key part of the innovation precinct delivering crucial economic and social benefits to Victoria and the nation.

“Monash University has been Australia’s biomedical innovation leader for decades, from pioneering in-vitro fertilisation in the 1970s and developing the world’s first successful anti-flu drug in the 1980s to emerging advances in leukaemia treatment and novel therapeutics for Alzheimer’s  disease,” Professor Gardner said.

“With research programs spanning cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as advances in stem cell research, the Monash BDI has the potential to transform millions of lives while also helping to drive economic growth,” Professor Gardner  said.

Director of the Monash BDI, Professor John Carroll, said that almost every medical treatment is based on great discoveries that were made many years previously.

“The remit of the Monash BDI is to undertake great discovery research and decrease the time it takes to get these findings to the clinic,” Professor Carroll said.

“We do this by bringing our researchers together with industry partners and clinicians as early as possible.”

The Monash BDI addresses the needs of the six main global health problems: cancer; cardiovascular disease; development and stem cells; infection and immunity; metabolic disease and obesity; and neuroscience.

“More than 120 interdisciplinary research teams work synergistically across disease areas to bring expertise from immunology together with experts in cancer or diabetes. This allows us to discover new approaches to identifying the next generation of therapeutic medicines,” Professor Carroll  said.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash, pointed to the benefit of establishing the Monash BDI in Victoria.

“The Monash BDI provides us with a new way to align our research, from fundamental discovery right through translation to the clinic, in one of the fastest growing population corridors in the country,” Professor Mitchell said.

Professor Carroll said the Monash BDI currently has research income of more than $50 million, with $14 million coming from industry partners. With over 700 researchers, more than 200 international research collaborators and around 270 PhD students, the Monash BDI is one of the largest and most comprehensive  medical research institutes in the Southern Hemisphere.


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Friday, May 20th, 2016

Monash University nursing and health sciences scholarships

The Monash Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has established an international reputation for leadership in teaching, research and delivery of clinical and public health services. The faculty is one of the largest in Australia, delivering a variety of postgraduate programs in areas such as medicine, biomedical science, nursing, psychology, medical imaging and radiation sciences, forensic medicine, epidemiology and preventative medicine and social work.

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Study nursing and health sciences at Monash University

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences offers a once-off $4000AUD scholarship for every international student enrolling in one of the following courses:

  • Master of Biomedical and Health Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Peninsula Campus only)
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Services Management
  • Master of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)


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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Monash medicine delegates head to Berlin

Delegates from Monash University will join world leaders in addressing major global health priorities at the 2014 World Health Summit in October. Climate change and health are the top issues to be discussed at this year’s summit, which will be held Oct. 19 – 22 in Berlin.

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Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell is leading the university’s delegation at the conference.

“The summit is an important forum that enables public health leaders the opportunity to address the greatest health issues facing our world,” Professor Mitchell said.

Throughout the summit, Monash University will host symposia covering a range of topics from demographic change, systems biology and medical education.

The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, universities and national academies, organised in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences of more than 67 countries through the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP).

The summit’s mission is to bring together researchers, physicians, leading government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and health care systems worldwide to address the most pressing issues facing medicine and health care systems over the next decade and beyond.

It is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of public health leaders from academia, politics, industry and government.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Monash University researchers deem mobile medical apps risky

Possible risks associated with medical staff using mobile devices and software applications (apps) for professional purposes have been raised in a leading study at Monash University.

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mHealth: what are the risks?

Published in the prestigious European Journal of ePracticeMonash University researchers and senior lecturers in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Jennifer Lindley and Dr Juanita Fernando, raised concerns around the use of smartphones, tablets and software apps in the health care sector.

“While mobile devices provide many benefits to medical, nursing and allied health practitioners and their patients, mobile digital technologies in health care (mHealth) also has identifiable disadvantages and risks,” Ms Lindley said.

The lack of governance and regulatory guidelines relating to the use of mobile devices in medical workplaces was one of the main concerns highlighted in the study.

Some of the benefits of mHealth include more convenient access to patient records through mobility of devices, improved communication between health professionals as well as improved efficiency and decision making; however, the potential risks included infrastructure constraints such as bandwidth availability, distracters including email alerts and advertising banners and privacy and security issues.

“On mobile devices, icon badges, notifications, pop-up alerts and constant availability of emails and internet access lead to distraction,” Dr Fernando said.

Privacy and security issues in health care contexts are of particular concern to all stakeholders because of the sensitive nature of the data stored on the many mobile devices.

Ms Lindley said the development of apps was also ad hoc and frequently undertaken without input or critical appraisal by end-users, and stated that this can result in either variability of features or an app that does not perform the expected function.

Dr Fernando said best practice use of mHealth needed to be incorporated into the education of health care professionals, and curricula needs to provide the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes for future professional practice.

“In the case of an adverse event, who precisely is responsible—the app developer, the individual clinician user, the health care provider organization or the government regulators?” Dr Fernando said.

More than a third of physicians and almost three-quarters of nurses use medical apps on smartphones daily for work purposes according to the World Health Organization.


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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Monash University receives major grants from Diabetes Australia

Monash University gets boost from Diabetes Australia Research Trust

As global rates of diabetes escalate, Monash University research projects addressing this urgent health priority have been awarded major grants from Diabetes Australia.

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Coinciding with World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, Diabetes Australia hosted an especial event to announce the largest-ever funding of Australian diabetes research projects.

Among 46 research projects granted funding nationally, totalling $3.5 million, five Monash University projects were awarded grants for Type 1 and 2 diabetes-focused research.

Dr Eliana Marino, from the School of Biomedical Sciences, received $150,000—the largest allocated funding in Victoria—for research focused on understanding the role of diet, gut microbiota and immune system in the development of Type 1 Diabetes.

With diet now a leading cause for the increased incidence of diabetes in Western countries, Dr Marino’s work may lead to new opportunities for the prevention and treatment of Type 1 Diabetes.

“The Diabetes Australia Research Grant will provide me with the support necessary to be competitive in my own right with NHMRC, ARC grants; and will allow me to engage and supervise more students and to generate high-impact publications,” Dr Marino said, adding that for those researchers who work in the field of diabetes as he does, this award represents an honour and an important milestone. “With this success, Monash University is demonstrating one more time to be one of the best science research-intensive universities in Australia.”

Research grants were also awarded to Dr Clinton Bruce, Professor Mark Sleeman and Professor Matthew Watt, of the Department of Physiology, and Dr Jinhua Li, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

The School of Biomedical Sciences is the largest school in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

Monash talented scientists conduct research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, development and stem cells, drug discovery, immunology and infection, metabolism and obesity, neuroscience and structural biology. In 2012, they published 553 publications and secured $53 million of income from national and international funding agencies.


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