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A/Prof Jeff Craig is a Senior Research Fellow in Environmental & Genetic Epidemiology Research Tell us about your research I study the role of epigenetics in the early life origins of chronic disease. Epigenetics refer to the molecular switches that control the activity of our genes without changing our DNA sequence. We know that the environments we encounter in the first 1000 days of life can change gene activity through changes to epigenetic switches and that these changes can last a lifetime. They can also predispose us to chronic diseases, from heart disease to autism. Through my research, I have shown that exposures such as alcohol or folate consumption in pregnancy can alter epigenetic switches. I have also found genes with epigenetic switches which are reset in people with disorders such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. If I can replicate this finding in more samples, this could lead to earlier...
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The illustrious Peter Wills Medal was last night awarded to Professor Kim Mulholland at a gala event in Melbourne, for his lifetime of research to improve the health of children in developing countries. His work has focused on childhood pneumonia, with much involving the evaluation and introduction of new vaccines for the prevention of pneumonia in the developing world. In a research career spanning more than 30 years, Professor Mulholland has dedicated himself to leading transformative child health research projects across Africa, Asia and the Pacific with incredible outcomes. His work on childhood pneumonia, malnutrition and the links between the two with the World Health Organisation and others has contributed to new approaches that save the lives of children every day in developing countries. Research Australia CEO, Nadia Levin says the Peter Wills Medal recognises an Australian who has made an outstanding contribution to building Australia’s international reputation in health...