MCRI Director Professor Kathryn North said “during the Showcase, which celebrated 35 years of ground-breaking medical progress from the Institute, we heard from five of MCRI’s fabulous researchers and clinician-scientists.”
“This research is enabling faster and more appropriate treatments for children with genetic conditions, like Levi, who has genetic epilepsy,” Professor North said.
“One day they hope their work modelling this toxic heart damage, screening for therapeutics and searching for population-scale predisposition factors will mean young people like Tyler Airey may not need heart transplants,” she said.
Dr Valerie Sung spoke about her work to introduce a new screening program for newborns who may be infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common virus which has potentially devastating outcomes like profound deafness or cerebral palsy.
“By detecting infection early, Valerie hopes to start treatment while it can still make a difference, like it did for Teddy,” she said.
Professor North said, “I would like to thank all of our speakers including our Chairs, Patrick Houlihan and Sarah Murdoch, for their wonderful contributions to this year’s event. I would also like to acknowledge both Foxtel and NewsCorp Australia’s invaluable support in providing support for the Showcase.”
If you were unable to join on the day, you can watch the showcase by clicking on this link. You can also view the individual presentations via the links below:
Dr Katherine Howell and Associate Professor Lunke:
Associate Professor Rachel Conyers and Associate Professor Elliott:
Associate Professor Valerie Sung: