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At the Telethon Kids Institute our researchers are searching for answers to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families affected by some of  the most devastating, complex and common diseases and issues.  At any one time we have more than 200 active research projects and 700 staff and students that include laboratory scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, bioinformaticians, statisticians, public health professionals and social scientists.

Our research is structured into Research Focus Areas, programs of work and teams.  We are committed to collaboration and work together with other research organisations, clinicians, practitioners, policy makers, consumers and the community to understand the complexity of factors that impact on a child's health and wellbeing and the translation of research findings into action. We actively reward research excellence and offer a range of schemes to support our researchers.

In August 2018, we moved to our new purpose-built facility located within Perth Children’s Hospital on the QEII Medical Centre campus - the largest centre of excellence in healthcare, research and education in the southern hemisphere. With a footprint across seven floors, our new home features more than 7000sqm of work space and 2000sqm of laboratories (including specialty suites, equipment rooms and freezer farms), as well as dedicated clinical suites and a cryogenics facility. Our co-location with the Perth Children’s Hospital will enhance our collaboration with clinicians, nursing staff and other allied health professionals, leading to better care, better treatments and better health and development outcomes for our children and young people.

We are an independent medical research institute based in Perth, Western Australia and affiliated with the State's major universities. Our research is  primarily funded through national and international competitive grants and generously supported by donors and governments.

Study subsites

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May 2020

Association between diesel engine exhaust exposure and lung function in Australian gold miners

Diesel engine exhaust exposures were higher in underground miners and had a negative association with their lung function over a single 12-h shift

Published research Academic Biostatistics Children's Lung Health
April 2020

The effect of parental logistic support on physical activity in children with, or at risk of, movement difficulties

Children's perceptions of parents' logistic support for physical activity indirectly and positively predicts children's physical activity levels

Published research Autism Research
April 2020

Potent antileukemic activity of curaxin CBL0137 against MLL-rearranged leukemia

The aim of our study was to investigate whether CBL0137 has potential as a therapeutic and chemopotentiating compound in MLL-r leukemia

Children's Cancers Published research Leukaemia and Cancer Genetics
April 2020

We won't find what we don't look for: Identifying barriers and enablers of chronic wet cough in Aboriginal children

Key barriers to effective management of chronic wet cough are limited training in chronic wet cough management combined with competing complexities

Published research Children's Lung Health Wet Cough

Glenn Pearson

Deputy Director, Aboriginal Health

BA (Education) PhD Candidate

Stephen Zubrick

Research Focus Area Head, Brain and Behaviour


Liz Davis

Head, Chronic & Severe Diseases Research Focus Area; Clinical Lead, Diabetes and Obesity Research


Deborah Strickland

Research Focus Area Head, Early Environment