You are here

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

The Muscular Dystrophies are a group of inherited diseases that cause weakening and wasting of the muscles. There are approximately 30 types of muscular dystrophy disease, each with a separate cause. Some are obvious at birth, others develop during childhood and some only become apparent in adults.
Australia is failing to deliver consistently good health, education and social outcomes for children, and this will only get worse as the fallout from the pandemic continues to take hold, warns academics Sue West and Paula Gerber.
Deirdre Gartland is a Senior Researcher in the Intergenerational Health Group at Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). Tell us a little bit about your journey into research? I completed a science degree at the University of Melbourne, with an honors year in psychology.
Tell us about yourself and how you came to be part of MCRI and the BMDI Cord Blood Bank. I developed a real interest in leukaemia, blood cells and stem cells when I was a teenager.
By Toni Bloor James was five years old when he became unwell. His glands were swollen and there was a lump on the side of his head. We took him to an ear, nose and throat specialist and were told it was a mystery illness.
Thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the circulatory system. These blood clots stop blood from flowing properly around the body. Thrombosis can lead to serious consequences including stroke – which can be caused by a blood clot in the brain.
COVID-19 has created a new set of challenges for parents/carers. Juggling remote learning with work and financial pressures, reduced access to home-based health services, and physical isolation from family/friends have all increased demands on parents.
Conor McCafferty is a PhD student with the Haematology Research Group within the Clinical Sciences Theme. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to join MCRI. I started at MCRI in 2017 as a summer student, in Haematology Research with Vera Ignjatovic and Paul Monagle.
What is Friedreich ataxia? Friedreich ataxia is an inherited, progressive, neurological condition characterised by increasing unsteadiness of gait (the way a person walks), loss of balance, impaired sensation in the arms and legs, muscle weakness and changes in heart function.