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Today's date is Monday, September 21, 2020
School of Population Health
 April 2012
Saturday 28
8:00 - EVENT - Chronic Lung Disease and Smoking Cessation : Educational seminar day with presentations from respiratory specialists including W.Prof. Phil Thompson, Dr Peter Bremner and international smoking cesstion expert Dr Hayden McRobbie. Website | More Information
For all members of the health care team including physicians, GPs, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals.
Sunday 29
10:00 - EXPO - Nursing and Health Expo 2012 More Information
Held in venues in capital cities across Australia, the RCNA Nursing and Health Expos draw together professionals, practitioners and health providers to showcase the nursing and health industry as a valued and dynamic profession.

Learn about nursing as a profession, discover professional development opportunities and career paths for nurses and health professionals, see equipment and lifestyle options, get to know the higher educational institutions and meet our nursing and health academic staff!
Monday 30
12:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - LIWA Medical Research Seminar Series : Prof Jose Porcel presents "Pleural Fluid Biomarkers" Website | More Information
LIWA invites you to a free seminar on: "Pleural Fluid Biomarkers" by Professor Jose Porcel from Department of Internal Medicine, Arnau de Vilanova University Hospital, Spain. Time: 12 noon for light lunch with 12.30pm – 1.30pm presentation.

 May 2012
Tuesday 01
13:00 - TALK - UWA Careers Centre - Water Corporation Employer Talk : Water Corporation graduate recruitment presentation Website | More Information
Water Corporation representatives will be on campus to talk about graduate opportunities for all students. (engineering and science highly desired) Please book through https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Friday 04
9:00 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: A Negative Future: The Interaction Between Mechanisms of Virulence and Resistance in Clinically Significant Nosocomial Gram Negatives : PhD proposals More Information
Mr Jarrad Hall will give a talk on "A Negative Future: The Interaction Between Mechanisms of Virulence and Resistance in Clinically Significant Nosocomial Gram Negatives" in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar room, Friday, 4th May 2012 at 09:00am. In 2011 a novel, emerging rarely encountered carbapenemase (OXA-181) was detected. There has been limited spread of this resistance determinant outside of the sub-continent to date. However, several outbreaks of the parental OXA-48 carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae have occurred in Europe. Through the use of molecular biology the project will examine W.A.'s risk of importing highly resistant nosocomial Gram negative bacteria and the relationship between virulence and resistance in these organisms.

9:25 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: Characterisation of a successful triple immunotherapy for the treatment of Mesothelioma. : PhD proposal More Information
Ms Shruti Krishnan will give a talk on "Characterisation of a successful triple immunotherapy for the treatment of Mesothelioma" in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar room, Friday, 4th May 2012 at 09:25am. Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a cancer of the pleura and less commonly of the peritoneum, tunica vaginalis and pericardium. One particular obstacle preventing tumour clearance by the immune system is the presence of regulatory T-cells (Tregs). These Tregs are prevalent within murine and human mesotheliomas and their removal results in tumour growth inhibition with the release of anti-tumour effector T cells from immunosuppression. Our work has focused on targeting multiple mechanisms of immune suppression in the AE17 murine model of mesothelioma. Specifically, we targeted the depletion of Tregs, CTLA4 and TGF-beta; using monoclonal antibodies and soluble receptors. We found the triple immunotherapy resulted in tumour clearance in 46% (13/28, from three independent experiments) of the mice treated; with the generation of memory T cells (CD4+CD44+T cells) that prevented tumour re-emergence on rechallenging the cured mice with the original innoculum. Though the triple immunotherapy looks promising with the complete eradication of the established tumours and developing immunological memory; optimization of this approach will likely yield an even better response rate.

10:30 - FUNDRAISER - Pink Ribbon Forum - Fundrasing Event for Breast Cancer Research More Information
Come along and hear special guest speaker Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders-Breast Cancer Surgeon, Family of Survivor-Emily Hanson student from Murdoch University and Peta McClausland from Cancer Council WA talk about Breast Cancer. Winthrop Professor Christobel Saunders will share the latest clinical research developments and more, Emily Hanson will share her inspirng journey of her circumstance and Peta McClausland will provide updated information on available resources and contacts about breast cancer.

Don't miss your chance to win great prizes for the raffle draw. Raffle draw tickets can be purchased prior to the event. Raffle tickets are 1 for $3.00 or 3 for $5.00. Contact Rani Varathan - 6488 2807. Sponsors include Co-Op Bookstore, IGA, Myer and more!!

Only $5.00 for entry all proceeds are donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Tuesday 08
12:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Health Day : 12 - 2pm on Oak Lawn, Range of fun activities to promote mental and sexual health More Information
What do you do when you’re feeling stressed? Where would you go if you were sexually harassed? ‘Health Day’ is run by fourth year health promotion students aiming to answer questions like these and target issues of Mental Health and Sexual Health on campus. Come down the Oak Lawn on Tuesday 8th May from 12-2pm for a range of fun activities and to find out more!
Friday 11
9:00 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: UVR-induced vitamin D: essential for immunoregulation? More Information
Dr Shelley Gorman from Telethon Institute for Child Health Research will give a talk on "UVR-induced vitamin D: essential for immunoregulation?" in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar room, Friday, 11 May 2012 at 09.00am. Vitamin D is synthesised in the skin after exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) found in sunlight, and can suppress immunity in a similar manner to UVR. Our studies show that topically-applied vitamin D can increase the suppressive activity of regulatory T cells through interleukin-2 and skin-derived dendritic cell mechanisms. However, the role of vitamin post-UVR in suppressing immunity has not been determined and I will discuss our recent findings, which indicate that UV-induced vitamin D may not be essential for immunoregulation.
Monday 14
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Will Australia's Personal Electronic Health Records Improve Your Health? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Associate Professor David Glance, Director, UWA Centre for Software Practice.

From July 2012, Australians will be able to register for their own Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR). The PCEHR will potentially allow consumers to have access to a summary of their medical information including medications, medical history, information about allergies and adverse drug reactions and letters and documents. In contrast to a summary record like the PCEHR, the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), in collaboration with The University of Western Australia, is using a web-based electronic health record called MMEx for 22,000 mostly Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The difference between this approach and the PCEHR is that everyone is working off the same record. Practitioners have to work collaboratively, because their changes are immediately seen by everyone involved in the care of the patient. It is very unlikely that the PCEHR will revolutionise health care in Australia any more than its equivalent did in the United Kingdom. From an e-health perspective, this will only come from a single shared electronic health record with clinical protocols and governance that allow health providers to collaborate with a patient in managing their health and wellbeing.

Cost: Free, no RSVP required.
Tuesday 15
13:00 - SEMINAR - Nucleic acid sequencing technologies: Wows and Woes : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Speaker: Dr Watson trained as a molecular biologist in the United Kingdom and conducted his first post doc with Prof Steven Holgate, Prof Newton Morten and Prof. Patricia Jacobs in Southampton , UK performing genetic linkage analysis to Atopy and allergic disease. In 1994 he took up a position as the manager of the Centre for Cell and molecular Biology at the University of Western Australia.

In 1996 he was successful in obtaining NH&MRC funding for a project looking at the molecular aspects of the Murine AIDS virus. Dr Watson then moved to a research position within the WA Health Department at Royal Perth Hospital Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases to study the Hepatitis C Virus which remains one of his main research areas to date.

In 2006 Dr Watson took up the position of Manager of the newly established Geomics Node of the Lotterywset Biomedical facility located within the Department of Immunology and Immunogenetics at Royal Perth Hospital.

Dr Watson has been highly active in organising conferences both local and national (CBSM and ASM) and has previously chaired CBSM 92002-2005). Dr Watson is an ASMWA committee member and is the chair of the WA health Hepatitis C Virus statewide database development group.

He joined the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases as the Laboratory Manager in December 2008. His most active area of current research is in the area of the Hepatitis C virus with particular focus on molecular immunology and antivirals.
Friday 18
9:00 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: The development of a tetracycline-based gene regulation system to study H. pylori pathogenesis and persistence : PhD Final Seminar More Information
Ms Alexandra Debowski will give a talk on "The development of a tetracycline-based gene regulation system to study H. pylori pathogenesis and persistence" in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar room, Friday, 18 May 2012 at 09.00am. A limited number of genetic tools are available to study Helicobacter pylori pathogenesis. In particular, gene expression systems, that allow the regulation of bacterial genes during an infection are lacking. Such a genetic tool is of particular importance to study the functional role and temporal requirements of H. pylori virulence determinants as infection is persistent and clinical diseases develop after many years of chronic inflammation and epithelial damage. This study describes the development of a chromosomal H. pylori gene regulation system based on tetracyclines for the control of gene expression, both in vitro and in vivo.
Friday 25
9:00 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: Xer recombination in H. pylori More Information
A/Prof Mohammed Benghezal will give a talk on "Xer recombination in H. pylori" in the Microbiology & Immunology Seminar room, Friday, 25 May 2012 at 09.00am. In the model organism E. coli, recombination mediated by the related XerC and XerD recombinases complexed with the FtsK translocase at specialized dif sites, resolves dimeric chromosomes into free monomers to allow efficient chromosome segregation at cell division. Computational genome analysis of Helicobacter pylori, a slow growing gastric pathogen, identified just one chromosomal xer gene (xerH) and its cognate dif site (difH). Here we show that recombination between directly repeated difH sites requires XerH, FtsK but not XerT, the TnPZ transposon associated recombinase. xerH inactivation was not lethal, but resulted in increased DNA per cell, suggesting defective chromosome segregation. The xerH mutant also failed to colonize mice, and was more susceptible to UV and ciprofloxacin, which induce DNA breakage, and thereby recombination and chromosome dimer formation. xerH inactivation and overexpression each led to a DNA segregation defect, suggesting a role for Xer recombination in regulation of replication. In addition to chromosome dimer resolution and based on the absence of genes for topoisomerase IV (parC, parE) in H. pylori, we speculate that XerH may contribute to chromosome decatenation, although possible involvement of H. pylori’s DNA gyrase and topoisomerase III homologue are also considered. Further analyses of this system should contribute to general understanding of and possibly therapy development for H. pylori, which causes peptic ulcers and gastric cancer; for the closely related, diarrheagenic Campylobacter species; and for unrelated slow growing pathogens that lack topoisomerase IV, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Monday 28
12:00 - SEMINAR - LIWA Medical Research Seminar Series : By Prof Graham Hall, "Lung function – going global in 2012" Website | More Information
The Lung Institute of WA invites you to a free seminar on: "Lung function – going global in 2012" by Professor Graham Hall from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Time: 12 noon for light lunch with 12.30pm – 1.30pm presentation.
Wednesday 30
19:30 - EVENT - Quiz Night for Maiti Nepal : Quiz night to fundraise money for Maiti Nepal Website | More Information
Get your Quiz on to help raise money to fight sex trafficking in Nepal!

Tickets are $20 each, or a table of 8 for $145 and include some finger food. 18+ ID required, as the venue services alcohol. Children are welcome but need to be accompanied by at least one of their parents/legal guardians. Arrive at 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start.

All proceeds will be going towards Maiti Nepal, a group that provides prevention, rehabilitation, education, health services and more for Nepalese women and children who are victims of sex trafficking.

 June 2012
Saturday 02
19:30 - DINNER - HSS Ball and Awards Night : The Health Students' Society Ball & Awards night - for health students, staff, alumni and friends Website | More Information
Step Right Up as the 2012 Health Students’ Society Ball & Awards Night Carnival is coming soon!

This spectacular wonder will be in town for one night only; Saturday 2nd June. Be mystified from 7:30pm at the Forrest Centre Atrium.

Tickets ($110 members, $115 non-members) are available from www.trybooking.com/BIAO or from committee representatives. Contact Sophie ([email protected]) or Fiona ([email protected]) for more information.

This will be a night full of magic and fun not to be missed! Three course meal, drinks and entertainment provided. This is an 18+ event.

HSS represents students studying Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Science with majors of Population Health, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and Pharmacology - Find us on Facebook "Health Students' Society (UWA)"

19:30 - EVENT - HSS Ball & Awards Night Website | More Information
Step Right Up as The 2012 HSS Ball & Awards Night Carnival is coming soon! This spectacular wonder will be in town for one night only; Saturday 2nd June - Everyone is welcome.

Brought to you by- HSS, HSA, PHPS & SPH, this will be a night full of magic and fun not to be missed!
Thursday 07
10:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - The "all you can eat" guide to the Three Minute Thesis : Three Minute Thesis: A comprehensive guide to preparing and presenting a compelling 3MT talk Website | More Information
The Three MInute Thesis (3MT) is a fun and challenging event that encourages the communication of research to a wide audience. The UWA 3MT competition finals will be held on 25th July and this presentation is a comprehensive guide to the preparation and presentation of a compelling 3MT talk. The presenter, Simon Clews,is an experienced 3MT judge who has championed the 3MT competition in Australia and internationally.
Monday 25
12:00 - SEMINAR - LIWA Medical Research Seminar Series : Prof Jennifer Harrison presents "eResearch and the opportunities of applying digital technology in healthcare research" Website | More Information
LIWA invites you to a free seminar on: "eResearch and the opportunities of applying digital technology in healthcare research" by Professor Jennifer Harrison from [email protected] Time: 12 noon for light lunch with 12.30pm – 1.30pm presentation
Tuesday 26
9:00 - COURSE - Introductory Statistics : A Short Course using SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of statistics. It will be spread over three days covering material ranging from means and standard deviations to simple linear regression, and basic ANOVA. Some basic categorical data analysis will be included with the emphasis throughout being placed on applications rather than theory. The statistical package SPSS will be used to illustrate ideas demonstrated, however this course is aimed at enabling an understanding of basic statistics.

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