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“Studying paediatrics lets you be creative and find a career that suits you. You just have to follow a different trajectory. I'm a junior doctor currently working at Western Health. Last year my path took me to Fiji where I joined MCRI’s Pneumococcal Research Group and the Centre for International Child Health, Department of Paediatrics to complete my MD research project. My project investigated respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in Fijian newborns. A well-established treatment for RDS, surfactant, was recently introduced into neonatal care at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. But in a resource-poor setting this is an expensive treatment, so we needed to understand the epidemiology of the syndrome to work out what sort of impact surfactant had on outcomes for newborns with RDS. We reviewed all RDS-related admissions at Colonial War Memorial Hospital over a two-year period and collected data related to their demographics, clinical features, treatment and...
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"I have always wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a means of learning about people. I love the concept of coming across people from all walks of life and being able to help them achieve their greatest levels of wellbeing and potential. I think it is important to remain focused on the everyday experiences in life that will help us to become engaging and empathetic doctors. This has really helped me to put the (sometimes overwhelming!) burden of study into perspective, and reminded me to continue throwing myself into new and challenging experiences with a variety of different people, often outside of the medical world. Between an undergraduate Bachelor of Biomedicine and post-graduate MD, I undertook an Honours research year. I was lucky to be able to work with the Pneumococcal Research Group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Centre for International Child Health , University...
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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...
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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...
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Introducing our top Honours and Masters students for 2017. Selected based on their high academic merit, these students will each receive a scholarship of $5,000 to help support them and their studies, together with training and supervision from our world-leading researchers.
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The Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Department of Paediatrics, based at the Melbourne Children's Campus, have exciting and diverse research projects that encompass laboratory, clinical and public health projects.
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The Institute runs a Secondary School Work Experience Program tailored to Year 10 students interested in exploring a career in research. This program gives students an opportunity to experience different aspects of the Institute including laboratory and non-laboratory based researched and meeting scientists in action.
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The Murdoch Children's Summer Student Program runs from November 2016 – February 2017, where Supervisors take on outstanding students for approximately an eight week project. "As an undergraduate student, working with a research group and being afforded the opportunity to start knitting what we learn as undergrads into an integrated, cohesive map of the science world before we’re tasked with finding our own jobs or engaging in post-graduate study is probably the biggest head-start we can get" - Christine Robinson, Murdoch Children's Research institute 2015 Summer Student. Applications closed 23 Sep 2016. Student will be notfied of outcomes by end of October. To find out more information about this opportunity and to apply via our online application form, please visit: Summer Student Program Information