The Early Career Investigator Committee (ECIC)

 Twitter @ANZBMS_ECIC

 

Definition of an Early Career Investigator

Current higher degree or current researcher within 10 years from the award of a PhD/MD.

 

Mission

The mission of the Early Career Investigator Committee (ECIC), formed in February 2017, is to help shape the future of bone and mineral research in Australia and New Zealand by fostering active engagement of early career investigators within the Australia & New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS), supporting professional development of early career investigators and facilitating interactions between junior and senior members of all disciplines.

 

Objectives

 

Committee

Co-Chairs   

Sabashini Ramchand and Ayse Zengin

Career Development Representatives 

Sabashini Ramchand, Alexander Rodriguez, Laura Laslett

Clinical Training Representatives

Jasna Aleksova, Eleanor Thong     

Communications Representatives 

Renee Ormsby, Melissa Cantley

Events Representatives                            

Ayse Zengin, Ashika Chhana, Marc Sim

ECIC representative to ANZBMS POC

Joshua Lewis

 

 

Dr Sabashini Ramchand

Roles: ECIC Co-Chair, Career Development

Consultant Endocrinologist and Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Victoria

Researcher Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sabashini_Ramchand

Twitter: @SabsRamchand

Email: sabs.ramchand@gmail.com

Dr Sabashini Ramchand is an endocrinologist and clinician researcher. She was awarded her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2008 and completed her endocrine training at Austin and Northern Health, Victoria. She is currently undertaking a Ph.D. investigating the skeletal and metabolic effects of oestradiol suppression therapy in premenopausal women with early breast cancer at Austin Health, University of Melbourne. Sabashini is committed to improving engagement of early career investigators within the Australian and New Zealand metabolic bone field and enhancing training and engagement of advanced trainees in metabolic bone health.  

 

Dr Ayse Zengin

Roles: ECIC Co-Chair, Events

Research Fellow, Bone and Muscle Health Research, Monash University

Researcher Profile: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/ayse-zengin

Twitter: @DrAyseZ

Email: ayse.zengin@monash.edu

Dr Ayse Zengin is a Research Fellow investigating global musculoskeletal health and diseases – in particular osteoporosis, fracture risk and sarcopenia. Her studies are based in the ageing populations of low-middle income countries (The Gambia, West Africa and India) and Indigenous Australians. Using the latest bone imaging modalities in combination with novel muscle functional assessment (e.g. jumping mechanography) and assessing the effects of lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity, vitamin D), her findings will shed light on the prevalence of these diseases and formulate preventative strategies for the global ageing population.

 

Dr Alexander Rodriguez

Role: Career Development

Adjunct Research Fellow, Bone and Muscle Health Research Group at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Researcher Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexander_Rodriguez5 and https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=zn7DAJkAAAAJ&hl=en

Twitter: @Sandroppa

Email: alexander.rodriguez@monash.edu 

Alexander Rodriguez is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Bone and Muscle Health Research Group at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Alexander's research aims to investigate the relationship between musculoskeletal health and cardiovascular disease in older age. Alexander is involved in clinical trials examining the role of exercise and vitamin D in improving cardiovascular health through assessing its effect on arterial stiffness and aortic calcification. Alexander is also engaged in epidemiological research examining effects of calcium and also bisphosphonates on cardiovascular mortality in large population cohorts nationally and internationally. Alexander has a keen interest in evidence synthesis and has written several meta-analyses exploring topics at the nexus between bone, muscle and vascular disease.

 

Dr Laura Laslett

Role: Career Development 

Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. Hobart

Researcher Profile: http://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/menzies/laura-laslett

Email: Laura.Laslett@utas.edu.au

Dr Laura Laslett is a musculoskeletal epidemiologist and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours), Master of Medical Science and Graduate Diploma of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, before moving to Hobart, Tasmania in 2009. She completed a PhD (Medical Research) at the University of Tasmania in 2013 on correlates, determinants and modifiers of musculoskeletal pain. She has expertise in musculoskeletal pain, clinical trials in osteoarthritis and back pain, and is interested in the role of bone in musculoskeletal health.

 

Dr Jasna Aleksova

Role: Clinical Training

Consultant Endocrinologist and Research Fellow, Department of Medicine and School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University and Department of Endocrinology, Monash Health

Researcher Profile: https://www.pubfacts.com/author/Jasna+Aleksova

Email: jasna.aleksova@hudson.org.au 

Dr Jasna Aleksova (MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FRACP) is an endocrinologist and clinician researcher. She graduated from the University of Melbourne and currently works in the metabolic bone clinics at Monash Health, St Vincent’s Health and Alfred Health. She is completing her PhD through Monash University and the Hudson Institute for Medical Research with a primary interest in the bone disorders related to chronic kidney disease and renal transplantation. Her research explores the impact of reproductive hormones on musculoskeletal health and examines novel imaging techniques to better evaluate fracture risk in these unique patient cohorts.

 

Dr Eleanor Thong

Role: Clinical Training

Consultant Endocrinologist at Monash Health, PhD candidate Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI)

Researcher Profile: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/sphpm/mchri/about/staff-students/thong

Email: eleanor.thong@monash.edu

Dr Eleanor Thong is an Endocrinologist at Monash Health and PhD candidate at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. Her thesis aims to examine the impact of Type 1 diabetes on bone and female reproductive health. Her clinical interests include diabetes, metabolic bone conditions and obesity. Outside of her research and clinical work, Eleanor enjoys teaching and plays an active role in medical undergraduate and physician trainee education.

 

 

Dr Renee Ormsby

Role: Communications

Research Manager, Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Group, Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research, University of Adelaide, Level 7, AHMS, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA

Researcher Profile: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/renee.ormsby 

Twitter: @Reneeormsby

Email: renee.ormsby@adelaide.edu.au

Renee Ormsby is a PhD Candidate with the Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Group, within the Centre for Orthopaedic Research and Trauma at the University of Adelaide. She has worked as a Research Assistant within the group for 10 years and is currently completing her PhD on the role of the osteocyte in wear particle induced osteolysis that leads to total hip replacement failure. Her research within the group has mainly focused on how osteocytes play a role in response to changes in mineral matrix, vitamin D status, mechanical load and osteoarthritis.

 

Dr Melissa Cantley

Role: Communications

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, Myeloma Research Laboratory, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Researcher Profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/melissa.cantley

Email: melissa.cantley@adelaide.edu.au

Dr Melissa Cantley is a NHMRC Early Career Fellow working in the Myeloma Research Laboratory at the University of Adelaide, located at SAHMRI. Her research interest focuses on targeting bone cells, osteoclasts and osteoblasts to suppress pathogenic bone loss in chronic inflammatory diseases and understanding the role these cells and abnormal bone remodelling processes play in the progression of pre-cancerous stages to the haematological malignancy multiple myeloma.

 

Dr Ashika Chhana

Role: Events

Research Fellow, Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging at The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Researcher Profile: https://unidirectory.auckland.ac.nz/profile/a-chhana

Email: a.chhana@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Ashika Chhana is a Research Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Medical Imaging at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Ashika completed her PhD in 2014 and her current research is focussed on understanding the underlying mechanisms that lead to gouty arthritis and the structural consequences of this disease on musculoskeletal tissues, and also determining how joint tissues are altered in metabolic osteoarthritis, specifically in obesity-related osteoarthritis.

 

Dr Marc Sim

Role: Events

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Researcher profile: https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/medical-and-health-sciences/our-staff/profiles/post-doctoral-research-fellows/dr-marc-sim

Twitter @marc_p_sim

Email: marc.sim@ecu.edu.au

Dr Marc Sim is a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer at Edith Cowan University. His research examines the role of nutrition, physical activity and its impact on body composition, musculoskeletal function and fracture risk in older populations. Marc is an accredited Exercise Scientist and Nutritionist that believes in the fundamental role that physical activity and diet play against disease and its progression.

 

Dr Joshua Lewis

Role: ECIC representative to ANZBMS Program Organising Committee (POC) 

NHMRC Career Development Fellow

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Researcher Profile: https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/medical-and-health-sciences/our-staff/profiles/research-fellows/dr-joshua-lewis

Email: joshua.lewis@ecu.edu.au

Dr Joshua Lewis, PhD is a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow at the School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University. He heads the disorders of mineralisation research group with a focus on the shared epidemiology of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, including biomarkers, nutrition and lifestyle factors and genetic factors. His research aims to develop better ways to identify and prevent disease before the onset of clinical symptoms.