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Hot Topics Webcast


Aug, 2020

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | AEST

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Topics & Speaker

The Gut Microbiome and Infant Health – The Important First 1000 Days

Prof Patricia Conway

Adjunct Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW

Patricia Conway, BSc & MSc (UQ), PhD (UNSW), MASM, has a strong research background complimented with employment in R&D in industry while being affiliated with universities in Sweden and Australia. In Australia she has worked for CSIRO and also for a Cooperative Research Centre for Food Industry Innovation where she was University based and interfaced with the industrial partners. In addition, and she was Chief Scientist for a biotechnology company while being based at the University of New South Wales, in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. She currently is (a) an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, (b) Chief Scientist and Director for a biotechnology company in Australia, and (c) Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the NTU Food Technology Centre (NAFTEC).
Topic summary
Understanding how to apply probiotics in clinical practice requires some education on the basic science of the gut microbiome. Prof Conway will also explain how probiotics products work and how to critically evaluate them.

Evidence-Based Use of Probiotics for Common Gut Problems in Children

Dr Rupert Hinds

Consultant Gastroenterologist, Monash Children's Hospital; Senior Lecturer, Monash University

Dr Rupert Hinds commenced working as Paediatric Gastroenterologist at Monash Medical Centre in March 2009. Prior to this he had worked in the United Kingdom as a consultant at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital in London from November 2004. He manages children and adolescents with gastrointestinal problems and his clinical and research interests include nutrition, hepatology and inflammatory bowel disease. He is now head of the department of gastroenterology at Monash Children’s Hospital as well as Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at Monash University.
Topic summary
Dr Hinds will explain the evidence and practical application of probiotics in the following: management of infantile colic and antibiotic associated diarrhea; pregnant mothers to try and reduce the incidence of some atopic illnesses in at-risk babies; and (although the evidence is not as strong) in functional abdominal pain/RAP in children.

Sexual Function and Antidepressant Therapy

Prof Malcolm Hopwood

Psychiatrist and President of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Prof Hopwood is the Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic (ARC) in Melbourne. At the ARC, he is the Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit which specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex mood and anxiety disorders. His research areas of interest include psychopharmacology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has also led research into psychiatric aspects of ABI and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Topic summary
One part of the complexity of managing major depression relates to the role of sexual dysfunction. It’s a common issue which will have many potential contributing factors, of which pharmacotherapy is one. A large body of evidence demonstrates that sexual dysfunction is not often discussed in this situation yet is likely to contribute to poor adherence.

Early GI Cancer Detection - Red Flags and What To Do About Them

A/Prof Payal Saxena

Interventional Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Clinical Associate Professor Payal Saxena is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist and subspecialises in Interventional Endoscopy. A/Prof Saxena has special interest in pancreatic disease and is passionate about its ongoing research. A/Prof Saxena contributes to the International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening Consortium and International Registry is an editorial reviewer for field publications such as Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Digestive Diseases and Sciences.
Topic summary
Dr Saxena will summarise the various red flag clinical features associated with the common GI cancers and explain how each should be monitored, investigated and where possible managed before major surgery is necessary. A very practically orientated talk for front-line clinicians.

Current Best Practice for Management of Complex Facial Skin Cancers

Dr Joe Dusseldorp

Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, North Shore Private, Hunters Hill Private and Concord Hospital

Dr Dusseldorp graduated from the University of Sydney in Medicine and Surgery with Honours. He initially trained at Prince of Wales Hospital before being offered a position as an Advanced Trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr Dusseldorp gained experience from many of the major teaching hospitals in Sydney and currently operates at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Concord Hospital. He has a keen interest in treating complex skin cancers, in particular on the face and ears.
Topic summary
Dr Dusseldorp will explain why facial cancers require a number of special considerations starting from the biopsy technique itself, and the fact that lesions in certain parts of the face are prone to recurrence. Current techniques in facial reconstruction allow for very minimal scarring, which is something patients always worry about.

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