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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 600 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.

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.

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August 2017

Phylomer Libraries: A Rich Source of Peptide Hits in Phenotypic and Target Directed Screens

The poor hit rates associated with conventional random peptide libraries present formidable challenges in genetic screening formats with limited throughput.

Published research
April 2018

Determinants of a dietary pattern linked with greater metabolic risk and its tracking during adolescence

Although growing evidence suggests that dietary patterns associated with noncommunicable disease in adulthood may develop early in life.

Published research
April 2018

The Adolescent Cardio-Renal Intervention Trial (AdDIT): retinal vascular geometry and renal function in adolescents with type 1 diabetes

We examined the hypothesis that elevation in urinary (ACR) in adolescents with type 1 diabetes is associated with RVG phenotypes.

Published research Diabetes and Obesity

Glenn Pearson

Research Focus Area Head, 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