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A high number of Australian children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are struggling academically, with an alarming 40% of students failing to meet the literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) national minimum standards, new research by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has found.
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Wishing a big congratulations to MCRI's Dr Catherine Satzke, who has received the prestigious Frank Fenner award from the Australian Society for Microbiology!​ The national award, given to only two recipients each year, recognises distinguished contributions to Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career. Catherine, a Senior Research Fellow in the Pneumococcal Research group, studies the relationship between carriage of pneumococci bacteria, disease and vaccination, as well as measuring the impact of vaccines globally. She led the PneuCarriage project, which identified the best pneumococcal serotyping method. The two top-performing methods have been established in Melbourne and South Africa, and are being used across several studies to determine the impact of pneumococcal vaccines in the Asia Pacific region. Catherine will be presented with the award at the Australian Society for Microbiology Annual Scientific Meeting in July. "I'm very excited and honoured to receive this award,...
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Originally posted on The development of a promising new treatment for peanut allergy in children will be the first project to receive $10 million in funding under the Turnbull Government’s Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF). The Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos, today announced the first investment commitment under the BTF. The BTF combines $250 million of Commonwealth funding to be at least matched by private capital secured by independent licensed fund managers to realise a substantial $500 million fund. The purpose of this fund is to invest in Australian biomedical ideas with great potential for commercialisation. “The BTF is designed to change and improve the lives of Australians. This innovative solution to a lethal allergy experienced by so many kids and their parents in Australia and around the world has resulted from the great collaborative efforts of Prof Mimi Tang...