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Annual Showcase 2020

Annual Showcase

Welcome to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute Virtual Annual Showcase for 2020

This year’s showcase, “Together, Creating Possible” is a celebration of the impact our researchers have made in a year of unparalleled challenge.

In this event we hear from five MCRI researchers, working on a global scale to address the world’s most serious and endemic diseases, right down to treating rare illnesses caused by a single gene. No matter the scope, they are making incalculable differences in children’s lives.

The presentations are followed by a panel discussion which explores MCRI's exciting research in greater detail and highlghts our ambitious plans for the future of child and adolescent health.

To watch the full Annual Showcase click on the link below.


Meet the hosts

Mrs Suzi Carp, MCRI Chairman   

Suzi Carp has served on the MCRI Board since 2006, including the role as Chairman since 2015. Suzi has also served as Chairman and was an inaugural member of the MCRI Development Board. Suzi has been involved as a supporter and guide to MCRI's work and governance for more than two decades.


Professor Kathryn North AC, MCRI Director

Professor North trained as a paediatrician, neurologist and geneticist; her clinical and research career focused on improving the diagnosis and care of children with inherited neurological disorders associated with physical and intellectual disability. This led to her national and global leadership in genomic medicine and its implementation into clinical practice – ensuring that the latest research advances are rapidly translated into improved healthcare. At MCRI, Kathryn leads a diverse team of over 1200 researchers with a dedicated focus to improve the health and wellbeing of children. 

Mrs Sarah Murdoch, MCRI Ambassador

Sarah Murdoch has been the Ambassador of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute since 2000 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and an inaugural member of the MCRI Development Board. Sarah is actively involved with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, garnering support and funding so their dedicated and highly skilled research teams can improve the health and wellbeing for children.

Meet our guest speakers

Dr Hamish Graham

#InvestInOxygen: A global collaboration to close the oxygen gap during the COVID pandemic and beyond 

Dr Hamish Graham is a Clinician-Scientist in MCRI's International Child Health group, paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) and University College Hospital Ibadan (Nigeria), and senior research fellow at the Centre for International Child Health (University of Melbourne). 

Professor Nigel Curtis

The #BRACEtrial: Can a 100-year old vaccine protect healthcare workers against COVID-19?

Professor Nigel Curtis is a paediatric infectious diseases physician and clinician scientist. He is the leader of the Infectious Diseases Research Group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Melbourne and Head of Infectious Diseases at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

Professor Sharon Goldfeld

The power of long-term population studies and what they can tell us about growing up healthy  

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician, public health physician, Theme Director Population Health and Co-Group Leader of Policy and Equity at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

Professor Melissa Little

Using miniature organs to uncover new COVID-19 treatments 

Professor Melissa Little is the Theme Director of Cell Biology at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. An NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at MCRI, she is also Program Leader of Stem Cells Australia, a Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and President Elect of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. 

Professor Ravi Savarirayan

Releasing the handbrake – helping children with dwarfism achieve their full potential 

Professor Ravi Savarirayan is a consultant clinical geneticist at the Victorian Clinical Genetic Services, Group Leader of Skeletal Therapies at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.