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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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February 2017

Characteristics associated with clinical severity and inflammatory phenotype of naturally occurring virus-induced exacerbations of asthma in adults

Type 2 inflammation is present in patients during virus-induced asthma exacerbations, to the same degree as non-viral exacerbations

Asthma Published research
January 2017

Evidence of a reduction over time in the behavioral severity of autistic disorder diagnoses

This study provides the first clear evidence of a reduction over time in the behavioral severity of individuals diagnosed with Autistic Disorder during a period of stability in diagnostic criteria

Autism Spectrum Disorders Published research Academic Biostatistics Autism Research Youth Mental Health

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; Head, Diabetes and Obesity Research

MBBS FRACP PhD

Deborah Strickland

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

PhD