Departmental Seminars

Every week on Monday, until 26th Nov 2018

2018 Seminars Series (no RSVP required)

Upcoming Seminars:

Next Seminar:

Weekly Goss Seminar
Dr Michelle Peate, Senior Research Fellow and emPoWeR Unit Program Leader
Managing your research data and documents… what not to do!’
Monday 23 April, 2018, 12.30pm, Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

There are international standards for research conduct – and part of these include how research data and documents should be managed for quality assurance. This is something we all should be doing – yet we fall into bad habits and these can get us into serious trouble! This presentation will draw on my experiences as a Program Manager for a National Clinical Trials Group and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for data and document management I wrote (based on ICH-GCP). You will learn some simple processes which can improve the way you run your projects. Say goodbye to the “protocol_FINAL_FINAL.doc” because there is a better way!

Weekly Goss Seminar
Zobaida Edib, PhD Student, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Developing and evaluating an online infertility risk prediction tool for young women
with breast cancer

Monday 30 April, 2018, 12.30pm, Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

The potential impact of cancer treatments on fertility is a high priority for young breast cancer patients. Concerns about fertility can influence cancer treatment decisions and subsequent pregnancies, including opting for less than optimal cancer treatment or undergoing unnecessary fertility procedures. Whilst there is no accurate measure for obtaining personalised information about likely fertility outcomes. Current “fertility calculators” provide broad estimates of infertility risk based on recommended cancer treatment, but do not consider this in context of a woman’s fertility prior to cancer treatment. There is an unmet need for a resource to inform women of their personalised risk of infertility following breast cancer treatment. Our aim is to develop, evaluate and implement an online infertility prediction tool that considers both baseline fertility predictors and the impact of planned breast cancer treatments on future fertility and provides an individualised risk estimate to facilitate fertility related decision-making.

Previous Seminars:

Cognitive aging in healthy older adults without preclinical Alzheimer's disease
Tri Christa Dang, PhD Student
The Royal Women's Hospital, University of Melbourne
Monday 26 February, 12.30pm, Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

Neuropsychological models of aging assume that increasing age beyond 60 is associated with cognitive decline; however, there is considerable inter-individual variability in cognitive trajectories, particularly in older age. Inadvertent inclusion of individuals with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (pAD) in studies of cognitive aging can overestimate the effect of age on cognition. Additionally, the existence of older individuals with superior cognitive performance compared to their same-aged peers suggest that cognitive decline in aging is not inevitable. This PhD thesis examines the trajectory of cognitive aging in the absence of uncontrolled systemic illness, pAD, and dementia.

Weekly Goss Seminar
Jessica Venture, PhD Student
Title Normal tissue response to synchrotron microbeam radiotherapy
The Royal Women's Hosptial, University of Melbourne
Friday 20 April, 2018, 3.00pm Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

Microbeam Radiation therapy (MRT) is a novel pre-clinical synchrotron-based radiation therapy modality that shows promise in improving cancer control if successfully translated to human clinical trials. The main aims of this study are to generate data to determine the fundamental radiation biology of MRT and to inform clinical decision-making to obtain approval for human phase-1 toxicity trials. This talk will highlight data collected on biodosimetry approaches to establish the biological dose of MRT versus Broad Beam radiation therapy. A separate but related line of investigation into the immune response and its role in the radiation induced bystander effects (RIBE) will also be discussed.


Any queries regarding this seminar, please contact Liliana