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Cameron McKnight is a Master of Biomedical Science student within the Mitochondrial Research group at MCRI, which is part of our Genetics theme. Tell us about your research and what you hope to achieve? I study genetic disorders that affect mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial disease is a rare disorder, but it affects more than 1 in 5000 children born each year. A diagnosis can be devastating for the children affected and their families. Over 270 genes are known to cause this disease, making diagnoses difficult and time consuming. However, with the decreased cost of genomic sequencing, diagnostic rates are improving. There are currently no known treatments, but that’s where I hope to come in. I have generated human embryonic stem cell lines to model specific genetic mutations commonly seen in children. Using these lines, I can differentiate the stem cells into the most affected tissues and study the effects of various...
Research News
Stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death in children, yet there is very little research around childhood stroke. Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research institute (MCRI) have undertaken a first ever study to systematically evaluate motor function across a 12 month period, following the diagnosis of arterial ischaemic stroke (a stroke that is caused by a blood clot).
nhmrc research excellence awards
Research News
Two of MCRI’s brilliant minds Associate Professor Andrew Steer and Dr Josh Osowicki have been recognised for their outstanding work in infectious disease research with prestigious research excellence awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Student News
Dr Jocelyn Chan is a PhD student within the Pneumococcal Research group at MCRI, which is part of our Infection and Immunity theme. What are you aiming to achieve through your research? Australia is very lucky to have high rates of childhood vaccination. Because of this, we benefit from something called ‘herd immunity’, which means that even unvaccinated children and adults are protected from disease. One of these vaccines is the pneumococcal vaccine – which protects against a major cause of pneumonia, meningitis, and septicaemia. My research is about understanding how many people need to receive the pneumococcal vaccine to achieve this herd immunity in low and middle income country settings, specifically Laos, Mongolia and Papua New Guinea. These countries often struggle to achieve high rates of vaccination with limited resources. Another important part of my work is about sharing my research skills with our overseas collaborators, who may not...