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Researchers from the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Speech and Language are calling for 3,000 Australians aged seven and above with experience of stuttering (past or present) to volunteer for the nation’s largest ever ‘ Genetics of Stuttering Study’ . The study aims to pinpoint the genes that predispose individuals to stuttering, which could revolutionise future research into the causes, treatment and prevention of the disorder. Winner of The Voice Australia 2013 who has lived with stuttering since childhood, Harrison Craig, now 23, Melbourne, is teaming with study researchers and those who stutter nation-wide today, to lend his voice to this worthy cause. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Griffith University and the University of Melbourne are coordinating the Australian arm of this international study which involves 10 investigators at eight sites in Australia, the UK and...
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Melbourne, Australia: Pioneering allergy immunotherapy company Prota Therapeutics Pty Ltd (Prota) is pleased to announce full enrolment to the multicentre Phase 2b clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of its Probiotic and Peanut Oral Immunotherapy (PPOIT) treatment licensed from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).
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Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) welcomes the $500M allocation to investment in genomic research as part of the federal budget 2018. The first research project ‘Mackenzie’s Mission’ is a $20M trial into pre-conception genetic carrier screening for serious genetic conditions like cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and fragile X syndrome. Mackenzie Casella was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and sadly died last year at seven months of age. Her parents were unaware that a genetic test could have alerted them to the fact they were both carriers of SMA before becoming pregnant. They started a campaign to raise awareness about genetic disorders and lobbied the Government to fund genetic carrier testing. In February 2018, Mackenzie’s Mission was established — a three-year research study to be supported by the Medical Research Future Fund. 10,000 couples across Australia will be screened pre or in early pregnancy by next generation sequencing for...
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New research conducted by Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia on its member database has found that 4 out of 5 respondents have had an allergic reaction when eating away from home. These findings have been released as part of a call to action in Food Allergy Week for Australians to learn more about the potentially life-threatening effects of food allergy, how to prevent exposure to allergens and how to manage an allergic reaction. Maria Said, CEO of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia, states, “There are still too many incidents involving consumption of a known food allergen when eating out of the home. During Food Allergy Week we are asking all Australians – those who prepare and serve food (including family and friends), plus those with food allergies - to further educate themselves on how to better avoid allergic reactions, and how to manage them when they do occur.” The research, conducted by...
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New research by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has shown over the seven years between 2008 and 2015, mental health presentations have tripled amongst children in the 10-14 and 15-19 age group. The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, looked at children from birth to 19 years. Between 2008 and 2015, 52,000 children presented to Victorian public hospital emergency departments statewide with mental health disorders. The most common condition was self harm, followed by drug and alcohol issues, then mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. There was a particular increase in depression and anxiety diagnoses for children aged 10-14 years and young people aged 15-19 years. Patients with mental health concerns were more likely to be triaged as urgent, stay longer in the emergency department, and be admitted to hospital compared to those with physical health issues. MCRI researchers leading the study suggested a range of...
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New research led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), has combined gene editing technology with stem cell kidney regeneration to correct a patient’s gene mutation. This is the first time a patient has had kidney regenerated from their stem cells in Australia. The research, is part of a regenerative medicine project in which human stem cells are used to develop mini-kidneys with a view to discovering new genes and treatments for inherited kidney disease. In this new study, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics and involving hospitals and laboratories in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, stem cells derived from a child with genetic kidney disease were grown into two sets of living mini-kidney organoids – one with her kidney disease and one in which her gene mutation was corrected. The stem cells were created from a skin biopsy taken from 12-year-old Alexandria, who suffers from Mainzer-Saldino Syndrome, a...
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The 11th International Symp​o​sium​​ on Pneumococci and Pneumococc​al Diseases (ISPPD) has begun! Over 1100 researchers from all around the world have gathered in Melbourne for the event, which aims to bring together professionals in the field to raise global awareness and improve standards of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pneumococci and pneumococc​al diseases. The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, officially opened the symposium last night at the opening ceremony (pictured). The ISPPD is a non-profit, non-governmental association and has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Initiated in 1998 at the 1st meeting in Denmark, ISPPD conferences have been organized every 2 years in different countries with local sponsors. MCRI's very own Professor Kim Mulholland is the Robert Austrian Lecturer for ISPDD-11, and he will deliver his keynote speech on Wednesday 16th April. The researchers will also take part in workshops, networking events, poster sessions and much more. In their...