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Institute News
Mitochondrial disease is an illness that robs its sufferers of energy, and damages muscles and major organs like the brain and heart. About 1 in 5000 babies – or one Australian baby born each week – are born with a severe form of the disease, which can often lead to an early death.
Student News
Applications are now open for our Summer Student Program. The Murdoch Childrens Summer Student Program runs from November 2016 – February 2017, where Supervisors take on outstanding students for approximately an eight week project. "As an undergraduate student, working with a research group and being afforded the opportunity to start knitting what we learn as undergrads into an integrated, cohesive map of the science world before we’re tasked with finding our own jobs or engaging in post-graduate study is probably the biggest head-start we can get" - Christine Robinson, Murdoch Childrens Research institute 2015 Summer Student. Applications close: 23 Sep 2016. To find out more information about this opportunity and to apply via our online application form, please visit: Summer Student Program Information
Research News
Global Health Leaders Gather Where It All Began: Australian Discovery in 1974 Launched Offensive Against Leading Killer of Children Beginning on September 7, 2016 in Melbourne the 12th International Rotavirus Symposium will bring together hundreds of stakeholders from over 50 countries to provide an update on new data and research that will inform public health agendas related to prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis, the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children worldwide. Diarrheal diseases remain the second-leading cause of death from infections among children, despite the fact that proven, lifesaving interventions exist. The symposium will shed light on results of trials of new rotavirus vaccines being studied in developing countries, issues in vaccine policy and introduction, and early data on new and existing vaccine impact and safety from the perspective of more than 350 experts from over 57 countries. It has been a decade since the first vaccine was introduced against...
Research News
Allergy experts are urging people with hay fever to take action this spring as part of a new health campaign encouraging people to visit a doctor to find relief. The initiative called Hay Fever Help, comes as more than one in five (21.2 %) people living in Victoria (1) may experience troublesome symptoms such as nasal congestion, itchy red or watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing during the spring season. People with related conditions like asthma are also encouraged to think ahead as studies show up to 80 per cent of people with asthma also experience symptoms of hay fever.(2) Hay Fever Help highlights the important role doctors can play in helping manage hay fever which affects 15% of Australians (3). A GP is well placed to assist patients as they can evaluate a patient’s lifestyle, symptoms and previous medical history to work out what management option suits them best...
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join us for pizza and drinks; speak to supervisors and current students about projects offered in 2017. Venue: Murdoch Childrens 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) Download a copy of our Honours/Masters Handbook here , and find out about PhD projects here .
Research News
This Father’s Day we remember what really counts – the health and wellbeing of children in our community. The life of every child is unique and precious – a gift we all treasure. Unfortunately, every year in Australia hundreds of children are diagnosed with cancer, a condition which is often life-threatening. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) is finding new ways to help children with cancer to make a full and healthy recovery through the use of stem cell technology. What many people do not realise is that the side effects of cancer treatment in children can be significant. In some instances, organs can be affected by highly toxic chemotherapy treatment, which can potentially have a life-long impact on survivors. Dr David Elliott from MCRI says chemotherapy patients are nine times more likely than the general population to die of heart failure. Heart damage as a result of cancer treatment...