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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute blog Featuring stories, opinons and news from our research team, patients and staff.

Acknowledged as a leader in medical research, MCRI is proud to have staff who have dedicated time and energy to breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive workplaces. Among them are Dr Sarah Stephenson and Erin Crellin, whose advocacy has made lasting contributions to the Institute and beyond.
Austin Sanday is an active, happy nine-year-old from Queensland, who enjoys video games, soccer and playing with his dog. “I like to play with my dog, Rosie. I like to go bike riding with my mum, play with my friends in the street and have friends over to swim in my pool,” he said.
Like most parents, David and Edwina only want the best for their child, but they have unfortunately had to fight a lot harder than the average family. Their son, Angus, has a rare, life-threatening genetic disorder, for which scientists are desperately seeking a better understanding and potential treatments.
What is your role at MCRI? I recently completed my PhD candidature and will now continue as a postdoctoral researcher in the Heart Regeneration group working on drug discovery. Tell us about your journey in getting to where you are today as a researcher here at MCRI?
The Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) building is just seven minutes’ walk from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute . Maps of Victoria and New South Wales line the office, speckled with small, coloured flags representing an individual and their community affected by muscular dystrophy.
What is your role at MCRI ? I’m a postdoctoral researcher in the Refugee and Migrant Program, Intergenerational Health Group . Tell us about your journey in getting to where you are today as a researcher here at MCRI?
Mac Zamani knew from an early age the gender he was assigned at birth wasn’t the one he identified with. The 18-year-old always felt different to other girls, a self-confessed tomboy who lived in shorts and t-shirts.