Mark your diaries: Research Grand Rounds at Blacktown

Mark Smith and Mark McLean
WSLHD research development officer Mark Smith and Research Grand Rounds chair Dr Mark McLean are encouraging everyone to attend the Research Grand Rounds on 13 May.

The Blacktown and Mount Druitt Research Development Committee will be commencing Research Ground Rounds at Blacktown Hospital starting on Tuesday 13 March at 1pm and everyone is invited to attend.

These informative and engaging seminars will feature clinical and research guest speakers on a rotating basis who will share their knowledge and all staff.

Chair of the research committee Dr Mark McLean said the seminars are a great place for ideas sharing.

“Developing knowledge and sharing it in a collaborative way brings together inquiry and contemplation which can develop new ideas,” Dr Mark McLean, Chair of the Research Committee said.

“The committee is aiming to develop a profile for research at Blacktown and Mount Druitt and we are providing opportunities to make it a more viable asset of the hospitals.”

The committee brings together multi-disciplinary teams which drives original thoughts and sharing different perspectives. From that focus, the idea for a research based grand rounds program was created.

Dr Scott Read.
Dr Scott Read.

One of the first presenters is Dr Scott Read who conducted his research program at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research. His collaborative paper was recently published in Nature Communications and delves into the role of zinc as an inhibitor of a protein called interferonlambda.

“Originally I started looking for effective treatments for Hepatitis C which lead to the discovery that this research is applicable to all inflammatory liver issues,” Dr Read said

“Zinc is a low cost, easy accessible product with beneficial effects such as boosting the immune system.”

Dr Read’s paper can be viewed here:

The inaugural Blacktown and Mount Druitt Research Grand Rounds starts on Tuesday 13th March at 1pm in the Western Sydney University (Blacktown Hospital) seminar room. Lunch will be provided.

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