Welcome to Chiron 2018
It is my pleasure to bring you the 2018 edition of Chiron, the Melbourne Medical School alumni magazine.
This edition of Chiron highlights the work and achievements of Melbourne Medical School alumni and friends, with a particular focus on activities beyond the Parkville precinct. The magazine includes a feature on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the triradiate medical building, which will be celebrated within our inaugural Melbourne Medical School Reunion Weekend on 23-24 November 2018.
I trust you will enjoy reading this latest edition.
Professor Mark Cook
Interim Head, Melbourne Medical School
Welcome from the Dean
Great expectations, built on formidable achievements of the past
Celebrating a game-changer in Rural Health
A milestone birthday can be as good a time as any to look in the rear-view mirror and consider the road that has been travelled.
Pushing the boundaries – The medicos who mobilised education
Medicine graduates Professors Colin and Alistair Royse have taken a career pathway emboldened by a big-picture vision that they have coupled with a practical approach.
eLearning helps – bridge gap in diabetes management
While working in the remote Indigneous community of Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Associate Professor Elif Ekinci (MBBS (Hons) 2000, PhD 2011) became acutely aware of the enormity of diabetes as a disease. The experience confirmed her career pathway dedicated to improving the lives of diabetes sufferers.
Creating opportunities in Indigenous Health
The first time Karyn Ferguson set foot inside a classroom to begin her university studies, she was accompanied by her one-week-old daughter, Marnie.
Leading the way in Indigenous Health
Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world, but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous men and women can expect to live 10 to 17 years less than other Australians. They experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And babies born to Indigenous mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies.
Honouring the gifts of life through giving
Dr Penelope Foster and her husband of almost 30 years, Associate Professor John McBain, believe they have enjoyed the most fortunate of lives. It was not always easy, but with difficult years having evolved into the best of times, the pioneers of IVF medicine in Melbourne have been inspired to share their good fortune with others.
Beyond the Triradiate – A global experience of medical education
For half a century, the triradiate building on the corner of Grattan Street and Royal Parade in Parkville has been the home of the Melbourne Medical School and the nucleus for medical education at the University of Melbourne, including, more recently, biomedical education.
50 years of medical education in the triradiate
The triradiate medical school building has been the home of medical education at the University of Melbourne for the past 50 years, and a place of many memories for medical alumni.
Chiron speaks with Dr Abe Dorevitch about his time at the Mildura Branch, his specialist field of pathology and his contribution to medicine, revealing an approach to life underscored by a commitment to education, innovation and care for others.
Ex-service students raised the dust at Mildura
Long before regionalisation of universities in the 1970s, the University of Melbourne was a trailblazer, establishing the Mildura Branch in 1947.
The Mildura Branch – Recollections of a family's experience
One of the first lecturers at the Mildura Branch was Professor Norman Olver, whose involvement formed part of a career spanning 40 years as a Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne.
From little things – The world-leading stem cell biology to rebuild a kidney
As soon as the scientists looked into the dish, they knew that it was a Eureka moment. Structures that had developed were recognisable – potentially, at least – as a human kidney forming. For the lead researcher, Professor Melissa Little, it was a career-defining moment; for the one in three Australians at increased risk of kidney disease, it was a moment of hope.
Reaching beyond Australia to improve the lives of others
Max Esser was bothered by the figures. In a country with a population of 57 million, Myanmar had fewer than 550 orthopaedic surgeons. As he chatted to some of his international colleagues following a medical meeting in Yangon in 2011, he wondered how more doctors could be encouraged to train in the specialty. It was then that he conceived the idea of using a surgical skills laboratory as a teaching facility.
Bush medicine through art
For 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have occupied the lands, with distinct cultural boundaries defined by intimate relationships with Country. The exhibition The art of healing: Australian Indigenous bush medicine (19 April to 24 September 2018) follows the premise of Tjukurpa (Dreaming). It looks at traditional Indigenous healing practice as simultaneously past, present and future.
Infection and immunity – the challenge of antimicrobial resistance
Proudly organised by the Melbourne Medical School Student Ambassadors (MMSSA), the ReTranslate Symposia in Translational Science brings together world leaders from the fields of health and medical science to explore and discuss important healthcare issues.
Last year marked a busy round of reunions for the Melbourne Medical School. MBBS graduates from the classes of 1948, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 and 1997 each celebrated milestones.
Honours & Awards
We pay tribute to many MMS alumni and staff, and members of the broader Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University community, whose outstanding contributions to their field and society.
Paying tribute to the lives of Melbourne Medical School alumni.
Imaging the World by Dr Henry R Lew and Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold by Dr Brian Collopy AM