Our story began in 1986 when
paediatrician Professor David Danks established the original
Murdoch Institute, with the support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, her
family and others including the late Sir Jack Brockhoff and the
Professor Danks' vision for an independent
genetic research institute grew from a handful of researchers to
become a world-class centre of genetics research and clinical
In early 2000, under the
leadership of Chairman Mr Laurie Cox and Director Professor Bob
Williamson, the Murdoch Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital
Research Institute merged to form the Murdoch Childrens Research
Institute, with a broader focus on child health research, including
public health and clinical research.
The clinical genetics services are now
managed by Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, a wholly owned
entity of the Institute.
In 2005, under the
leadership of Director Professor Terry Dwyer, the Institute
underwent a major restructure which resulted in significant growth
and increased scientific excellence.
In 2011, Murdoch Childrens celebrated another exciting phase of
growth, when we moved into our new home in the new Royal Children's
Hospital building. The move has meant a doubling of research
space and has provided our team with world-class
Today, Murdoch Childrens is
Australia's preeminent child health research institute, recognised
globally for its child health discoveries. With over 1500
researchers, the Institute conducts vital research into conditions
affecting babies, children and adolescents. Our current research
priorities include cancer, heart disorders, genetic conditions,
premature birth, obesity, diabetes, and allergies.