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MCRI's Professor John Christodoulou and Professor Andrew Davidson have been made fellows of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). New Fellows were welcomed from around Australia, representing many disciplines within the health and medical sciences, including basic and clinical science, public health and health services, physicians, surgeons and allied health practitioners. They were inducted at the Academy's third Annual Scientific Meeting, held at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in Adelaide. ​ Professor Christodoulou has worked for more than 25 years as a clinical geneticist in the management of children with inborn errors of metabolism. He has a longstanding interest in Rett syndrome (RTT), with a potential new therapy and the discovery the second gene associated with RTT as notable achievements. ​ More recently, using next generation sequencing (NGS), he identified a number of new disease genes which directly led to specific therapies. As...
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Dr Valerie Sung is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Community Health Services Research Tell us about your research I am involved with many different research studies at MCRI. My two main projects are focused on children with hearing loss and infant colic – excessive crying. My first project, the Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Databank (VicCHILD), aims to advance research about childhood hearing loss. A databank is a special kind of research database. It helps to find eligible children for research projects, quickly answer questions that need large numbers of participants and shows how children’s health outcomes can change over time. So far, we have had more than 680 children with hearing loss join our databank. This makes it the largest of its kind in the world! For my PhD thesis, I ran the world’s biggest trial of a probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri for treating infant colic. I then led...