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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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October 2018

Measuring the capacity of active video games for social interaction: The Social Interaction Potential Assessment tool

The Social Interaction Potential Assessment tool can assess Active Video Games potential to facilitate social interaction among players

Published research Autism Research
October 2018

Socioeconomic status and early child development in East Asia and the Pacific: The protective role of parental engagement in learning activities

Results indicated the existence of SES gradients in early development in multiple domains in China, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Vanuatu

Published research Child Health, Development & Education
October 2018

Maternal smoking and low family income during pregnancy as predictors of the relationship between depression and adiposity in young adults

We aimed to investigate the influence of antenatal and postnatal factors on the increasing incidence of overweight/obesity and mental health disorders in young adults

Published research Human Capability
October 2018

Epidemiology and risk factors for recurrent severe lower limb cellulitis: a longitudinal cohort study

Severe lower leg cellulitis recurrences are frequent, and each episode increases the likelihood of subsequent recurrence and length of hospitalization

Published research Infectious Diseases Group A Streptococcal & Rheumatic Heart Disease

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