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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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December 2017

Regular exercise improves the well-being of parents of children with cancer

Mental health benefits of a pedometer-based exercise intervention for parents of children with cancer were identified.

Children's Cancers Published research Academic Biostatistics Brain Tumour Research
September 2017

Climate clever clovers: New paradigm to reduce the environmental footprint of ruminants by breeding low methanogenic forages utilizing haplotype variation

We demonstrate the feasibility of a plant breeding approach without compromising animal productivity to mitigate enteric methane emissions, which is one of the most significant challenges to global livestock production.

Published research Systems Immunology
January 2017

Reduced prevalence of impaired awareness of hypoglycemia in a population-based clinic sample of youth with type 1 diabetes

The aim of this study was to determine the change in prevalence of Impaired awareness of hypoglycemia in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes (Type 1) 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

MSc AM PhD

Liz Davis

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

MBBS FRACP PhD

Deborah Strickland

Research Focus Area Head, Early Environment

PhD