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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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April 2017

Rhinovirus C is associated with wheezing and rhinovirus A is associated with pneumonia in hospitalized children in Morocco

We aimed to describe the distribution of RV species and associations between RV species and clinical features in children hospitalized with clinically severe pneumonia in Morocco

Published research Infectious Diseases Ear Health
April 2017

Analysis of expression of FLI1 and MMP1 in American cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania braziliensis infection

MMP1 is regulated by factors other than FLI1, and that the influence of IL-6 on MMP1 was independent of its effect on FLI1 in Leishmania braziliensis

Published research Infectious Diseases Genetics and Health
April 2017

In vitro drug susceptibility of two strains of the wildlife trypanosome, Trypanosoma copemani: A comparison with Trypanosoma cruzi

Compared the in vitro susceptibility of two strains of Trypanosoma copemani and one strain of T. cruzi against drugs that show trypanocidal activity

Published research Infectious Diseases Genetics and Health
March 2017

Rheumatic Heart Disease Severity, Progression and Outcomes: A Multi‐State Model

The prognosis of young Indigenous Australians diagnosed with severe RHD is bleak; interventions must focus on earlier detection and treatment

Published research Rheumatic Heart Disease Group A Streptococcal & Rheumatic Heart Disease

Glenn Pearson

Head, Aboriginal Health Research Focus Area; Head, Aboriginal Research Development

BA (Education) PhD Candidate

Stephen Zubrick

Head, Brain and Behaviour RFA; Co-Head, Human Capability; Deputy Director, ARC Life Course Centre

MSc AM PhD

Liz Davis

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

MBBS FRACP PhD

Deborah Strickland

Head, Early Environment Research Focus Area; Head, Experimental Immunology

PhD