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

Written by Rachel Toovey, Principal Investigator Associate Investigators/Contributing researchers: A/Prof Alicia Spittle (VIBeS), Dr Adrienne Harvey (DDRR), A/Prof Jenny McGinley (UoM), A/Prof Katherine Lee (MCTC), Dr Sophy Shih (Deakin), Charmaine Bernie (DDRR) Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have problems with movement to varying degrees – some children can walk independently but have difficulties with sports and high level mobility, while other children are medically complex and get around using a wheelchair.
Written by Petrea Cahir, Karen Glover and Stephanie Brown | Healthy Mothers Healthy Families, Population Health, MCRI Did you know that prior to the late 18th century, there were at least 250 distinct language groups across the land we now know as Australia?
Written by Dr Mihiri Silva | Environmental & Genetic Epidemiology Research, Population Health, and Plastic Surgery Research, Cell Biology, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Happy World Oral Health Day! Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases, affecting half of all six-year-old children in Australia.
Written by Dr Monica Cooper | Honorary Research Fellow, Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Dr Mark Mackay | Director of the Childrens Stroke Program, Neuroscience Research, Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Children with cerebral palsy are more likely to develop seizures – but it’s not all bad.
Paid parental leave is a powerful mechanism for reducing stress in the critical early months when the foundations of the parent-child relationships are being established. It provides a fundamental platform supporting families to manage financially, and reducing economic and social stresses associated with the arrival of a new baby.
Written by University of Melbourne Masters of Science Communication students Jasmine McBain-Miller, Kimberley Meyers, Ashley Sroka and Bronwyn Wolfaardt under the guidance and direction of Associate Professor Jeff Craig .
One of the big questions in autism research is whether autism is a single disorder or many different disorders that happen to present in the same way. Although recent genetic research has indicated hundreds of different genes contribute to autism, a new discovery has found there could also be commonality among most patients with autism.
Meet Dr Alison Yeung, a clinical geneticist at Victorian Clinical Genetics Services and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. With an involvement in the Melbourne Genomics ’ Complex Care project, we caught up with Alison to learn more about the project that is providing genomic sequencing to selected patients and evaluating its usefulness for medical practice.