International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C)
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is playing a key role in
the world's largest study into childhood cancer.
Finding Causes of Childood Cancer
This innovative study possibly provides the greatest opportunity
for finding a preventable cause of childhood cancer. It aims to
examine associations between environmental exposures and the
incidence of childhood cancers by pooling prospective population
data from one million pregnant mothers and their babies.
Around the world, several large infant/child prospective studies
have been launched to examine environmental and biological
determinants of common diseases. The rarity of virtually all forms
of childhood cancer, however, prevent even large cohort studies
from examining the possible relationship of common exposures with
common types of childhood cancer due to inadequate sample size.
Murdoch Childrens' Role
Murdoch Childrens has had a major role in the study concept and
planning and is now the International Data Coordinating Centre.
Data is being pooled and analysed to examine environmental and
genetic factors that differ between those children who get cancer
and those who don't.
The Coordinating Centre is under the direction of Professor
Terry Dwyer and includes Dr Gabriella Tikellis as Project Manager
and Mr Luke Stevens as Data Management Coordinator.
Use the menu to the left or the links below to find out more
about the I4C project.