The Institute recognises the importance of statistics and related “data science” disciplines to its research program and has internationally regarded expert researchers in these areas.
Murdoch Children's has long been recognised for its strength in biostatistics, which has underpinned many research successes leading to substantial improvements in child health. Modern technology enables us to measure the natural world to finer and finer levels – whether thinking of a whole child or at microscopic and molecular levels. In this context the Institute’s high levels of expertise in the analysis and interpretation of data of all kinds help to keep it at the cutting-edge of science. Our Data Science researchers are active at the forefront of methods development, attracting the next generation of data scientists as PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Our approach means that our collaborators in clinical trials, community-based epidemiology, population genetics and genomics are assured of top-quality engagement.
More specialised areas have recently emerged, including Bioinformatics which focuses on the extraction of meaning from the vast amounts of digital information produced by genetic sequencing and related technologies. With detailed sequencing of the genome, the field of statistical genetics has become more prominent and Murdoch Children's has an outstanding group in this area.