At MCRI, discovery is in its DNA.
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has been making groundbreaking discoveries for 30 years.
Based in Melbourne, a team of more than 1900 researchers are dedicated to ensuring children across the world have a healthy start in life.
Watch the video above to see Ambassador Sarah Murdoch talk through some of the institute's milestones and meet the inspiring families they've helped.
Today, the MCRI is Australia’s largest child health institute, tackling the most complex scientific and medical issues facing children here and around the world.
Led by Professor Kathryn North AM, MCRI scientists are close to combatting the most baffling childhood allergies, administering vaccines without a needle and using computer power to unravel the mysteries of our DNA.
Professor Kathryn North
In a major breakthrough, MCRI scientists found a way to grow mini kidneys in a dish using a patient’s stem cells.
"It’s so much better to intervene early and change the path of someone’s life, than to wait for something to happen and try to fix it," Professor North said.
Based at the Royal Children's Hospital, MCRI leads global research initiatives in allergy prevention and cure, childhood cancer, head injuries, heart disease, autism and mitochondrial disease and epilepsy.
The team are transforming the health and lives of children today and long into the future. Current projects include:
- Running trials to help kids grow taller and stronger, by blocking the genes that cause dwarfism.
- Fighting to find the causes of more than 6000 rare inherited diseases, affecting one in 20 kids. These diseases often cause severe intellectual and physical disability.
- Working in disadvantaged communities and third world countries and developing vaccines for some of the most devastating diseases.
Tomorrow’s cures need your support today. You can support life-saving child health research by making a donation to MCRI.