Professor David Thorburn, Genetics Theme Director and Group Leader of Mitochondrial Research, is celebrating 25 years at Murdoch Children's. Here we find out what motivates him and why he got into research, as well as his advice for young researchers.
Childhood weight issues, including overweight and obesity, affect more than a million children in Australia. Research, development and education are key in providing early intervention schemes for children that have the potential to fall into the weight trap.
The number of pregnant women in Victoria undergoing amniocentesis or chorion villous sampling, which are invasive prenatal diagnostic tests for chromosome conditions, has fallen to historic lows in recent years, a study by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has found.
Almost nine in 10 women with perinatal depressive symptoms have had similar mental health problems well before becoming pregnant. This new research from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute challenges an old idea that perinatal mental health problems are different to those at other times in life.