As one of the foremost medical research institutes in the world, MCRI has quickly mobilised its resources, scale and partnerships to combat COVID-19. We are collaborating with research Institutes and health authorities globally to overcome the virus.
We are focused on the areas where we have the expertise to support the global effort. To that end, we have established a group of clinical and research experts to coordinate our research into COVID-19 - The Melbourne Children’s COVID-19 Research Program, a multi-disciplinary team of more than 50 clinicians and researchers with expertise in infectious diseases, clinical epidemiology, clinical trials, immunology, virology, social science and public health.
Our focus is on potential interventions to lessen the virus’ impact, and research into the short- and long-term effects of the infection on children, families and health care workers.
We have identified six key areas where MCRI has the research expertise and experience to support the global effort:
What vaccines & therapeutics could be developed to combat the virus? Our work has already begun with a BCG vaccination trial
What are the clinical features, incidence and transmission patterns of COVID- 19 in children?
What are the immunological factors associated with COVID- 19 severity and protection?
What are the short, medium and long term societal, mental health and economic impacts on children and families?
What is the impact on the most vulnerable communities including social disadvantage and chronic illness?
What is the impact on children and their families in developing countries, and strategies to mitigate this
Our Engagement & Philanthropy team are ready to provide additional information about any of our COVID- 19 or existing research initiatives and available to talk with you over the phone. You can contact the team on (03) 9936 6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.