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Two MCRI researchers have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) with prestigious research excellence awards. Professor Melissa Little, Director of MCRI’s Cell Biology theme, was presented with the Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship, Australia’s top award for a woman in biomedical science. The Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship is named after Professor Blackburn, an Australian scientist who received a Nobel Laureate for her groundbreaking work on chromosomes in 2009. Prof Little is internationally-renowned for her research on kidney development and her pioneering studies into renal regeneration, which have the potential to change the lives of people with kidney disease. Prof Little’s acclaimed work includes growing ‘mini kidneys’ from human stem cells in the laboratory. This breakthrough has paved the way for researchers across the globe to use this method for drug screening and disease modelling. With one in 10 Australians living with kidney disease, Prof Little’s ultimate goal is...
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At the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), we want all children to live healthy and fulfilled lives. Show the world what a healthy and fulfilled life means to you and your family by entering our photo competition today . You don’t need to be a professional photographer, just have a keen eye for capturing a great moment. Use your creativity by entering your photos and you could win one of four $200 Westfield vouchers. There are four categories you can participate in to win, which relate to our purpose of children living healthy and fulfilled lives: Play time Cuddle time Family time Healthy time To enter, upload your images online between 28 June and 4 August 2018. Every photo you share can help us raise awareness about the life-saving work undertaken by our amazing researchers. For more information about the competition and to enter, go to: www.mcri.edu.au/photocomp . Thank you...
Research News
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...