News & Events

  • 18 October 2017
Moving in
Our staff  have moved in and  begun work in  refurbished office space, completing Stage 1 of construction. This new  flexible work environment has  a high focus work zone and a  hub for socialising, collaborative work, meals and events. The 10 new meeting srooms include conference  rooms with advanced AV capabilities  and small rooms for...
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  • 14 August 2017
A simple dietary supplement could prevent hundreds of babies from being miscarried or being born with birth defects, a world-first study has found. The ground-breaking research, which was conducted at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and led by Professor Sally Dunwoodie, has not only identified that a deficiency in a vital molecule, known as NAD, is a major cause of miscarriages and...
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  • 13 July 2017
Stage One of the KRI building works is making excellent progress.  Twenty- two staff enjoyed a tour last week of a very empty floor space but, to the excitement of the KRI Project Team, framing up for the meeting rooms has commenced. Stage One is refurbished office and meeting rooms. Stage Two is the new clinical trials centre.  
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  • 13 July 2017
PAEDS (Paediatric Active Enhanced Surveillance) is celebrating its 10th year of national hospital based active surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases. PAEDS is now led by NCIRS, having been started as a joint initiative between NCIRS and APSU in 2007.  PAEDS held a 10 Year Anniversary Showcase in Melbourne last week to illustrate the PAEDS approach to monitoring and investigating se...
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  • 11 July 2017
The results of a randomised trial to evaluate progressive resistance exercise for children and adolescents with CMT published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health showed a difference in strength between the exercise group and the other group was 30% Among a myriad of motor and sensory impairments, foot and ankle weakness is the most debilitating problem for children with CMT. Muscle wea...
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  • 10 July 2017
New research led by Maria Craig, a Professor of Paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, discovered a high prevalence of celiac disease in the early stages of diabetes in young people. The link had been identified previously. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot produce insulin which can lead to being excessively thirsty, fatigue, blurre...
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  • 30 June 2017
The ability to treat patients with highly toxic chemotherapy drugs without damaging healthy cells has posed a challenge for oncology staff for a long time. Working collaboratively in our purpose-built Gene and Cellular Medicine Facility – one of the first in Australia – our internationally recognised gene therapists, molecular biologists and bio-informaticians successfully demonstrated in labo...
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  • 23 June 2017
Head injuries are one of the most common reasons children present in the emergency department. To rule out a serious brain injury, some children require a CT scan.  For serious head injuries the decision to perform a CT can be straightforward, however for less severe injuries determining whether a CT scan is warranted has posed a challenge.   Balancing the need to accurately diagn...
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  • 22 June 2017
Cancer is still surprising researchers, making the pathway to urgently-needed new treatments more difficult to predict. A combined team of researchers from Kids Reasearch Institute  and Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) studied an aggressive category of neuroblastoma, which is the most common solid cancer of childhood, and made a very surprising discovery that transforms our...
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  • 22 June 2017
 An important discovery published  in Nature Genetics will make gene therapy--which is already helping to cure genetic diseases--safer and more effective for children. The discovery by Prof Ian Alexander, Head of the Gene Therapy Research Unit, a joint initiative of CMRI and Kids Research Institute, and his team  will help improve gene therapy in the future. in key organs such a...
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