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Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS

Professor Kathryn North AC is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor North is trained as a physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and in 1994, was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program.

Professor North is a national and international leader in Genomic medicine. In 2014, Professor North was appointed as Co-Chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health - a collaborative network of over 500 organisations across over 100 countries funded by the NIH and the Wellcome Trust (genomicsandhealth.org). Commencing in 2016, she leads an NHMRC-funded national network of over 80 institutions - the Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA). The goal of AGHA is to provide evidence and practical strategies for the implementation of genomic medicine in the Australian health system.

Professor North chaired the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee from 2012-2018, and has chaired the International Advisory Board of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UK) since 2015. She is a member of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. In 2014, she was appointed as a Foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and in 2020 joined the Academy’s Board. In 2020, she joined the Board of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) as President-Elect.

Professor North has received a number of awards including the GSK Australia Award for Research Excellence (2011), the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2012) and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research (2012). In 2019, Professor North was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for eminent service to genomic medicine internationally, to medical research in the field nationally and of genetics, neurology and child health, and as a mentor and role model.
Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS

Professor Kathryn North AC is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor...
Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS

Professor Kathryn North AC is Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

Professor North is trained as a physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist and in 1994, was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program.

Professor North is a national and international leader in Genomic medicine. In 2014, Professor North was appointed as Co-Chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health - a collaborative network of over 500 organisations across over 100 countries funded by the NIH and the Wellcome Trust (genomicsandhealth.org). Commencing in 2016, she leads an NHMRC-funded national network of over 80 institutions - the Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA). The goal of AGHA is to provide evidence and practical strategies for the implementation of genomic medicine in the Australian health system.

Professor North chaired the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee from 2012-2018, and has chaired the International Advisory Board of the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UK) since 2015. She is a member of the Board of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. In 2014, she was appointed as a Foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and in 2020 joined the Academy’s Board. In 2020, she joined the Board of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) as President-Elect.

Professor North has received a number of awards including the GSK Australia Award for Research Excellence (2011), the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research (2012) and Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research (2012). In 2019, Professor North was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for eminent service to genomic medicine internationally, to medical research in the field nationally and of genetics, neurology and child health, and as a mentor and role model.

Top Publications

  • Haug, M, Reischl, B, Nübler, S, Kiriaev, L, Mázala, DAG, Houweling, PJ, North, KN, Friedrich, O, Head, SI. Absence of the Z-disc Protein α-actinin-3 Impairs the Mechanical Stability of Actn3KO Mouse Fast- twitch Muscle Fibres without Altering their Contractile Properties or Twitch Kinetics. 2021
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  • Haug, M, Reischl, B, Nübler, S, Kiriaev, L, Mázala, DAG, Houweling, PJ, North, KN, Friedrich, O, Head, SI. Absence of the Z-disc protein α-actinin-3 impairs the mechanical stability of Actn3KO mouse fast-twitch muscle fibres without altering their contractile properties or twitch kinetics. 2021
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  • Rehm, HL, Page, AJH, Smith, L, Adams, JB, Alterovitz, G, Babb, LJ, Barkley, MP, Baudis, M, Beauvais, MJS, Beck, T, et al. GA4GH: International policies and standards for data sharing across genomic research and healthcare. Cell Genomics 1(2) : 100029 2021
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  • Kiriaev, L, Kueh, S, Morley, JW, Houweling, PJ, Chan, S, North, KN, Head, SI. Dystrophin-negative slow-twitch soleus muscles are not susceptible to eccentric contraction induced injury over the lifespan of the mdx mouse. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology 321(4) : c704 -c720 2021
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  • Stark, Z, Foulger, RE, Williams, E, Thompson, BA, Patel, C, Lunke, S, Snow, C, Leong, IUS, Puzriakova, A, Daugherty, LC, et al. Scaling national and international improvement in virtual gene panel curation via a collaborative approach to discordance resolution. American Journal of Human Genetics 108(9) : 1551 -1557 2021
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