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We are delighted to share with you the 2021 edition of Chiron, the magazine for alumni of the Melbourne Medical School.
This year we are launching the first fully online edition of Chiron. In it, we celebrate the Royal Children’s Hospital’s 150th anniversary and shine a light on alumni and researchers doing extraordinary work to improve the lives of children and young people.
We are immensely proud of our exceptional Melbourne Medical School community and continue to pay tribute to alumni working on the COVID-19 response, from frontline healthcare workers to mental health practitioners, policy advisers, researchers and more.
To welcome you to this edition, Professor John Prins, Head, Melbourne Medical School shares his thoughts and reflections.
We hope you enjoy browsing this edition of Chiron.
SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI
Professor Jane Gunn
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jane Gunn as Dean.
Associate Professor Margie Danchin
A series of serendipitous moments led Associate Professor Margie Danchin to a pivotal role driving vaccine uptake amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Alison Yung
Professor Alison Yung has devoted her career to helping those at risk of serious mental illness.
Professor Julie Bines
Professor Julie Bines’ work on a novel neonatal rotavirus vaccine is set to provide a better future for children around the world.
Professor Harriet Hiscock
Professor Harriet Hiscock has improved the lives of countless children by identifying and addressing physical and mental health problems early.
Reunite Online 2020
Even in a global pandemic, Melbourne Medical School alumni are staying connected.
Lessons from my teachers and mentors
Professor Samuel Menahem reflects on those who have influenced his own career.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Transgender health outcomes
An innovative clinical model at the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service is helping transgender and gender diverse young people access support sooner.
Dr Jess Heerde is passionate about helping young people experiencing homelessness live a healthy and safe life.
Empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
When she discovered there was no culturally appropriate tool to measure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant development, Dr Anita D’Aprano and her collaborators developed one.
150 years of caring
A look back at the Royal Children’s Hospital from the collection of the Medical History Museum.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Putting their best foot forward
Children with physical disabilities are walking tall thanks to a visionary research program supported by a generous donor.
Breathing new life into hospital care
The work of Associate Professor Amy Gray and her colleagues has transformed hospital treatment and made oxygen more accessible for children in Laos.
Shaping the leaders of tomorrow
A productive mentoring relationship between fourth year MD student Kevin Zeng and MMS alum Jay Gajera helped Kevin secure his ideal internship.
Turning ambition into achievement
Scholarships at Melbourne Medical School help students overcome financial hardship. Meet two of our recent scholarship recipients.
Welcome to the 2022 edition of Chiron, the alumni magazine for the Melbourne Medical School.
This edition of Chiron focuses on the School emerging ‘out of iso’ and strengthening collaborations and connections, both internally and externally. It showcases how we have weathered change – forced and intentional – and how we have become stronger, more flexible and broader in our scope.
To welcome you to this edition, Head of the Melbourne Medical School, Professor Nicola Lautenschlager shares her thoughts and reflections.
We hope you enjoy browsing this edition of Chiron.
OUT OF ISO
ALUMNI CHANGE AGENTS
An innovator in epilespsy treatment
Professor Mark Cook is Director of Clinical Neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and is internationally recognised for his research in epilepsy treatment.
Reaching for the sky
Dr Ngaree Blow (BSc 2011, MPH 2015, MD 2015) is a Noonuccal, Goreng-Goreng and Yorta Yorta medical doctor leading Melbourne Medical School’s new Wurru Wurru Health Unit
A doctor for change
Hayden Burch (BSc 2015, MPH/MD 2020) is a resident doctor at Austin Health and Victorian Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia Sustainable Healthcare Group.
Focusing on the golden hour
Professor Stephen Davis AO and Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO formed the Australian Stroke Alliance to close the health care gap in stroke care.
DOCTORS HELPING DOCTORS
When George met Gabi
The MDHS Mentoring Program pairs a final year medical student with an experienced alum who can offer advice and practical support as the student prepares to start their career.
Putting General Practice in its Place
GP clinical placements are key in encouraging more medical students to consider a career in general practice.
Celebrating the MBBS Class of 1972
On their 50th anniversary, the Class of 1972 reflect on their experiences in the rapidly changing world of medicine and celebrate their many contributions and achievements.
BUILDING A LEGACY
From refugee to the realisation of dreams
The Bao Nguyen Student Empowerment Scholarship changes lives by providing financial support and mentorship to Doctor of Medicine students from refugee backgrounds
Celebrating 90 Ron Rosanove award recipients
In celebration of Ron Rosanove’s 95th birthday, the University marked this milestone with a special gift book from many of the 90 scholarship recipients supported by the Rosanove family’s generosity.
Meet Geoff Cumming
Meet the donor whose gift of $250 million to the University of Melbourne – the largest philanthropic donation to Australian medical research – will establish the new Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics (CGCPT) within the Doherty Institute.
NEWS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Professor Ruth Francis Bishop
Ruth Bishop’s name will forever be linked with the discovery of rotavirus in 1973 – one of the most common causes of death from gastroenteritis in infants worldwide.
Dr Peter F Bladin AO
The Australian neurological community lost a visionary and inspirational leader with the passing of Peter Bladin (BSc 1951, MBBS 1954, MD 1971) in May 2022.
Joseph Epstein AM FACEM
Joseph (Joe) Epstein (MBBS 1965, BA(Hons) 1980), a pioneer of emergency medicine in Australia and internationally, died on 20 June 2022.
Emeritus Professor Gabriel Andrew Kune
Emeritus Professor Gabriel Andrew Kune was a peaceful yet energetic man of extraordinary self-discipline who held great love and compassion for all those around him.
Welcome to the 2023 edition of Chiron
We are pleased to highlight the remarkable achievements of our School and alumni through some fantastic stories broadly themed around personalised medicine and precision cancer care.
The future of cancer care is personal
Meet the researchers driving innovations in precision cancer care.
What’s your cancer risk – and what will you do about it?
Researchers are developing a simple saliva test to predict a person’s specific cancer risk, boost appropriate screening and reduce the risks and costs of over-screening.
Offering vital support and connection to underserved patients
Brain Tumours Online is a safe place for people impacted by a brain tumour to find accurate information and peer support.
A one size fits all approach doesn’t work for rare cancers
Neuroendocrine tumours are rare, complex to diagnose and often incurable. Dr Emma Boehm is part of a team investigating the DNA changes that trigger these cancers to pinpoint best treatment.
Delivering precision pain relief at the right time
Could a simple blood test or cheek swab identify key genetic biomarkers and reduce opioid failure in palliative cancer patients?
Making a difference through impactful research and helping peers stay connected.
Finding new, targeted therapies for childhood neurodevelopmental disability
The impacts of neurological disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, are complex and far-reaching but Australian researchers are finding new ways to offer support and hope.
Keeping the Class of 1963 connected
Dr Ian Gunn has been a dedicated volunteer in helping to maintain links between Melbourne Medical School’s Class of 1963.