30 years of life-changing discoveries

In 2016, Murdoch Children's Research Institute celebrates 30 years of life-changing discoveries.

This year we are celebrating our scientists – the unsung heroes making a real difference to the health of children - and looking back at the remarkable achievements throughout our history.

We’re incredibly excited about the next 30 years and beyond.

Ruth Bishop still remembers her first glimpse of rotavirus cells beneath the microscope.
Director Kathryn North is spearheading the international movement towards genomics and personalised medicine.
Professor Ravi Savarirayan is changing the lives of people with achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism.
Helping kids resolve their weight issues is not just a medical matter. It reverberates throughout their life, improves their wellbeing, social life...
Melissa grew a 'mini-kidney' from stem cells in a petri dish. The discovery means lab grown kidneys can be used for drug testing and treatments.
In 2015 Professor Mimi Tang developed an oral treatment for peanut-allergic children providing promise for a cure for the condition.
Australia and New Zealand are recognised as world-leaders in paediatric heart surgery, largely from the research efforts of cardiac surgeon Yves.
Katie's research is unravelling the mystery behind the rising food allergy epidemic in the modern world.
Jane's research seeks to answer the long-standing question – what is a safe amount of alcohol to drink in pregnancy, if any?
David Godler knew from a young age he wanted to combine his love of biology with a desire to change lives.
Sarath’s world-leading cystic fibrosis research pivots on the window of opportunity afforded by the early diagnosis at birth.
A 25-year veteran of the Institute, David researches some of the world’s rarest diseases including mitochondrial disorders.
Stephanie’s research focuses on the strong links between maternal and child health – something that Stephanie, as a mother and grandmother, feels...
Fergus Cameron's research is shaping clinical care for children with diabetes and uncovering important truths to protect children's brains.
Wirginia and her research colleagues Marc Seal and Joseph Yang are changing the lives of hundreds of children with severe epilepsy via brain surgery.
“In the same way we immunise children against the risk of infection, the best way to immunise your child against the risk of reading failure is to...
Andrew's research in the Fijian islands has shown it is possible to eradicate conditions like scabies.
The paediatrician and public health physician is passionate about righting inequities facing children.
Franz says the rise in children presenting to emergency with head injuries is a real and growing problem.
The young researcher was awarded a 2015 Tall Poppy Award for up-and-coming scientists for her research into refugee health.
The Murdoch Children's researchers believe adolescence is enormously pivotal as an individual’s health in adolescence impacts the rest of their lives.
Hannah's research supports women through the challenges associated with motherhood.
Andrew Davidson is renowned internationally for his research into the intriguing realm of childhood anaesthesia.
A respected leader in the field, Katrina is perhaps the best person to ask the intriguing question: What does cause autism?
Harriet's sleep intervention program assists both new parents and health practitioners throughout Australia and internationally.
The stem cell experts are accelerating their research and applying it to human diseases, particularly those affecting children.
Melissa discovers early indicators of chronic diseases that present later in life such as heart and respiratory conditions, cancer, and diabetes.
Professor Keer Graham pioneered the use of Botox to treat children with cerebral palsy.
Andrew discovered the gene responsible for testis development in 1990 providing the answer to the question what makes us male or female?
Dr Mackay is establishing studies to measure the true incidence of childhood stroke.
Anna's evidence-based research is assisting parents to settle their babies and achieve sleep essential for health.
Nigel's research is uncovering whether the vaccine invented for tuberculosis can prevent infections and allergies in Australian children?
Dr Anushi Rajapaksa's research discovered a new, non-invasive and pain-free way to deliver vaccines.
Chemotherapy patients are nine times more likely than the general population to die of heart failure. David's research seeks to change this.
Paul is investigating the molecular basis of childhood cancer to understand how this can be translated into better diagnostic tests and treatments.
Peter and Karli's research is crucial to improve the survival of very premature babies.
Professor David Danks founded the Institute with the vision that genetics would one day become part of standard patient care.
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s unparalleled generosity has enabled the Institute to improve the health of children all over the world.