News & Events

Event
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Join us from 10 am – 3.30 pm, or part thereof, to hear the latest about FASD and participate in a workshop of your choice. Venue: The Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Rd, Parkville The program includes a lunchtime keynote presentation on FASD diagnosis by paediatrician Dr Doug Shelton, Director of the FASD Diagnostic Clinic, Gold Coast. There will also be short presentations in the morning and workshops by FASD experts in the afternoon (see below). This event will be relevant to: Health and allied health professionals Parents and carers Researchers Child and family workers Child protection Youth justice Government Early childhood agencies Education providers Disability providers Policy makers Afternoon workshops: Workshop 1: Embedding FASD diagnosis in a broad neurodevelopmental assessment for children: a workshop for paediatricians, psychologists/neuropsychologists and other health providers. Presented by Dr Doug Shelton, Assoc Professor Gehan Roberts, Dr Katrina Harris Workshop 2: A practical approach to recognising...
Event
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join us for pizza and refreshments; speak to supervisors and current students about projects offered in 2019. Venue: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Rd, Parkville (Meet at ground floor reception of the Institute, arrival at any time during the evening is welcome) Exciting projects in laboratory, clinical and public health research Be supervised by top researchers at a world leading Campus Scholarships available Research Student Association on Campus Honours /Masters project Handbook will be available during the information evening, projects will also be listed on our website . The Department of Paediatrics leads education on the Melbourne Children’s Campus partnering with the Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Find out more about research at Dept of Paediatrics . Click here to register for the event. Event contact: gr-mc@unimelb.edu.au
Research News
Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, in partnership with Harvard Medical School, has discovered that adolescent health programs across the developing world receive only a tiny share of international aid, even though young people make up 30 per cent of the population of low-income countries. Published in JAMA Network Open, researchers from the US and Australia examined how much international donors spent on youth health projects in 132 low-income countries over the 14 years from 2003 to 2015. (89 per cent of the world’s adolescents live in low and middle income countries.) Co-author University of Melbourne Prof George Patton, from MCRI’s Centre for Adolescent Health, said the research found that only 1.6 per cent of global investments in health over those 14 years were spent on projects for adolescents even though adolescents account for 12 to 13 per cent of disease burden in the developing world. “Of the little invested, most...
Research News
Everyone has an opinion on infant colic. But what new parents really need is reassurance and facts. In the latest issue of Australian Prescriber, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute research fellow Dr Valerie Sung discusses the latest thinking on colic, one of the most common conditions experienced by babies under four months of age. While colic is considered benign and self-resolving, it can have significant impacts on the family. “Colic is one of the most common presentations to primary health care in a baby’s first months of life,” says Dr Sung who is also a Royal Children’s Hospital paediatrician. “It has adverse associations including maternal depression, child abuse and early cessation of breastfeeding.” Physiological and psychosocial factors are thought to lie behind the condition, but none are definitive according to the article. Dr Sung discusses the latest management options for colic, such as ruling out organic causes of crying, offering parents...
Institute News
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network today launched a new campaign hoping to encourage more parents to vaccinate their babies and toddlers to help protect them and others in the community from potentially life-threatening disease. ‘It’s time to immunise Melbourne’ is directly targeted at helping parents to remember that when their babies are aged between 12 to 18-months, it’s still a vital time for them to stay on track with their immunisations. Nearly 95 per cent of parents in Melbourne’s north and west are fully immunising their newborns, but this drops to just over 90 per cent for the vaccines given between 12 to 18 months. Murdoch Children's Research Institute immunisation expert and Royal Children’s Hospital paediatrician, Dr Margie Danchin, said our busy lives make it all too easy to miss vital immunisations. “Vaccination is lower for these age groups because in the second year of life parents may be...
Research News
Recent antibiotic use in young children may be linked to increased cardiovascular risk, according to a joint study between Utrecht Academic Medical Centre in The Netherlands and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne. The researchers found that children who received antibiotics in the six months prior to having vascular measurements taken had thicker arteries than those who had not received recent antibiotics. The increase in artery thickness was greatest in those who had antibiotics most recently. The study, to be presented at the ANZ Developmental Origins of Health and Disease society conference in Sydney today, looked at 775 Dutch children followed from birth. Researchers analysed parent and GP-reported infections and antibiotic use and related these to ultrasound measurements of the child’s carotid artery in the neck at age five. These measures included the thickness of the artery wall, which predicts cardiovascular disease in adults. MCRI's Professor David Burgner, who...