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

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.
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.
The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) wants all children to have the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilled life.  Everything we know as child and adolescent health experts reinforces the value of children and young people being connected to their families, to early learning and schools, and to a community in which their families are also safe and supported.
What is your role at MCRI? I am a Research Assistant with the Vaccine Uptake and Asia-Pacific Health Groups within the Infection & Immunity Theme, and a Project Coordinator for the Centre of Research Excellence: Pneumococcal Disease Control in the Asia-Pacific (CRE-PDC).