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Name: Rebecca Harford

Position: Head of Engagement and Philanthropy

Email: rebecca.harford@mcri.edu.au

Website: http://www.mcri.edu.au

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The Royal Children's Hospital 50 Flemington Rd

Parkville VIC 3052

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Our Mission / Objective

MCRI specialises in discoveries that transform child health.

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top three worldwide for research quality and impact*. Our team of more than 1200 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. Many of our researchers are also clinicians at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Their research is informed by the problems facing their patients but it also means when a discovery is made, this is quickly transformed into practical treatments for children in the hospital. 

The Institute marked its 30th anniversary in 2016. Our story began in 1986 when paediatrician Professor David Danks established the original Murdoch Institute with the unparalleled generosity and support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. 

MCRI research improves the lives of millions of kids each year. We research health conditions including diabetes, allergies, asthma, premature birth and mental health problems, which are on the rise in our children, and conditions including cancer and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.

We study the health of communities to understand what factors influence child health at the population level and research common infections and immune conditions both locally and globally.

Our work goes beyond research. We are one of the only research institutes in Australia to offer genetic testing to find answers for families of children with previously undiagnosed conditions, using the latest genetic sequencing technology. We also conduct national newborn screening and allow children to access personalised treatments for conditions like cancer.

MCRI researchers work across five key areas:

Infection and Immunity – Allergies, infections and immune conditions are under the microscope at MCRI with a major focus on developing new vaccines and testing these to ensure they are safe to give to children. Our researchers discovered the diarrhoeal disease rotavirus in 1973 and have recently developed a new immunisation for newborns which is in the final stages of clinical trials.

Cell biology – Cell biology researchers work with stem cells and cutting-edge technology to understand how disease alters healthy cells. They’re developing new treatments for children with cancer, congenital diseases and developmental disorders. Professor Melissa Little and her team have grown mini-kidneys in the lab which will be invaluable to the study of kidney disease and to develop and test new treatments.

Clinical sciences – Our researchers are working to improve the diagnosis and treatment practices for sick babies, children and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses. Dr Anushi Rajapaksa has developed a vaccine that can be inhaled instead of injected.

Genetics – Our scientists study DNA to understand the genetic basis of diseases including ataxia, thalassemia, mitochondrial and chromosome disorders. We’ve designed a computer system to help doctors around the world diagnose genetic syndromes.

Population Health – Our diverse team of researchers study the health of communities and translate this knowledge into prevention, intervention and treatment – for example we’re world leaders in unravelling the reasons behind Australia’s high allergy rates. Our research findings have changed recommendations around infant feeding. 

* According to the Clarivate Analytics Bibliometric Report 2017

Learn more about our research here.

Projects in Progress

RESEARCH

Children experience disease differently to adults and the treatments that are needed for children are different too. That’s why our research is crucial, so we can find the best way to prevent disease and treat children to give them the healthiest possible start to life.

Our researchers work across three areas: in the lab to investigate why disease occurs, clinical research working beside doctors and nurses to influence diagnosis and treatment and broad community studies to understand how disease impacts children in the wider community.

Learn more here.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

21 006 566 972

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Discover how your bequest will help tomorrow’s children.

You could help some of the world’s best researchers to save children’s lives with the next big breakthrough – or simply make life easier for a child living with disability or illness.

Ariane Whitehouse, our Will Giving Advisor, can answer your questions and can help if you would like your gift to be spent in an area that is special to you. Ariane can also send you a step-by-step guide in the post or by email, so that it’s easier for you to make a Will and include a gift for MCRI.

Talk to Ariane directly on (03) 9936 6390 or by email at: Ariane.whitehouse@mcri.edu.au

General Donations

It is only possible for us to find solutions for serious child health issues with the support of people from across the community.  You can give in many ways to support vital life saving research whether as an individual donor, a regular donor, or through your community group or workplace.  Every donation, no matter the size, has the potential to save a child’s life.

Join the Murdoch Children’s regular giving program

By choosing to become an MCRI regular donor you will make a huge positive difference to the lives of children both here in Australia and around the world. 

By joining the regular giving program, you receive the following benefits.

  • Automatic monthly donations
  • Annual receipting to make tax time easier
  • Regular updates on current research
  • Access to tours of MCRI
  • An invitation to the Institute’s annual showcase celebration event
  • Acknowledgement in the Annual Report

You will also be invited to attend special events hosted by MCRI where you will have the opportunity to meet some of our researchers and learn firsthand how new discoveries are making an impact.

Become a Murdoch Children’s regular donor today

Give in memory 

A memorial donation to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is a lasting tribute to the memory of a loved one who has passed away. It is also a meaningful alternative to sending flowers and gives family and friends the opportunity to support research to help children live happier, healthier lives.

Personalised memorial donation forms can be provided on request.  We can also arrange for donations to be made online in honour of your loved one. 

All donors receive a tax-deductible receipt and you will be provided with the total amount donated and a letter of thanks from the Institute.

Give in celebration

You can make the generous decision to request donations in lieu of gifts for your birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, wedding, graduation or other special occasion.

Other support

For more information regarding all the ways that you can help, please email the MCRI Philanthropy Team at philanthropy@mcri.edu.au

Find out more here.

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

MCRI specialises in discoveries that transform child health.

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top three worldwide for research quality and impact*. Our team of more than 1200 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. Many of our researchers are also clinicians at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Their research is informed by the problems facing their patients but it also means when a discovery is made, this is quickly transformed into practical treatments for children in the hospital. 

The Institute marked its 30th anniversary in 2016. Our story began in 1986 when paediatrician Professor David Danks established the original Murdoch Institute with the unparalleled generosity and support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. 

MCRI research improves the lives of millions of kids each year. We research health conditions including diabetes, allergies, asthma, premature birth and mental health problems, which are on the rise in our children, and conditions including cancer and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.

We study the health of communities to understand what factors influence child health at the population level and research common infections and immune conditions both locally and globally.

Our work goes beyond research. We are one of the only research institutes in Australia to offer genetic testing to find answers for families of children with previously undiagnosed conditions, using the latest genetic sequencing technology. We also conduct national newborn screening and allow children to access personalised treatments for conditions like cancer.

MCRI researchers work across five key areas:

Infection and Immunity – Allergies, infections and immune conditions are under the microscope at MCRI with a major focus on developing new vaccines and testing these to ensure they are safe to give to children. Our researchers discovered the diarrhoeal disease rotavirus in 1973 and have recently developed a new immunisation for newborns which is in the final stages of clinical trials.

Cell biology – Cell biology researchers work with stem cells and cutting-edge technology to understand how disease alters healthy cells. They’re developing new treatments for children with cancer, congenital diseases and developmental disorders. Professor Melissa Little and her team have grown mini-kidneys in the lab which will be invaluable to the study of kidney disease and to develop and test new treatments.

Clinical sciences – Our researchers are working to improve the diagnosis and treatment practices for sick babies, children and adolescents with acute and chronic illnesses. Dr Anushi Rajapaksa has developed a vaccine that can be inhaled instead of injected.

Genetics – Our scientists study DNA to understand the genetic basis of diseases including ataxia, thalassemia, mitochondrial and chromosome disorders. We’ve designed a computer system to help doctors around the world diagnose genetic syndromes.

Population Health – Our diverse team of researchers study the health of communities and translate this knowledge into prevention, intervention and treatment – for example we’re world leaders in unravelling the reasons behind Australia’s high allergy rates. Our research findings have changed recommendations around infant feeding. 

* According to the Clarivate Analytics Bibliometric Report 2017

Learn more about our research here.

Projects in Progress

RESEARCH

Children experience disease differently to adults and the treatments that are needed for children are different too. That’s why our research is crucial, so we can find the best way to prevent disease and treat children to give them the healthiest possible start to life.

Our researchers work across three areas: in the lab to investigate why disease occurs, clinical research working beside doctors and nurses to influence diagnosis and treatment and broad community studies to understand how disease impacts children in the wider community.

Learn more here.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

21 006 566 972

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Discover how your bequest will help tomorrow’s children.

You could help some of the world’s best researchers to save children’s lives with the next big breakthrough – or simply make life easier for a child living with disability or illness.

Ariane Whitehouse, our Will Giving Advisor, can answer your questions and can help if you would like your gift to be spent in an area that is special to you. Ariane can also send you a step-by-step guide in the post or by email, so that it’s easier for you to make a Will and include a gift for MCRI.

Talk to Ariane directly on (03) 9936 6390 or by email at: Ariane.whitehouse@mcri.edu.au

General Donations

It is only possible for us to find solutions for serious child health issues with the support of people from across the community.  You can give in many ways to support vital life saving research whether as an individual donor, a regular donor, or through your community group or workplace.  Every donation, no matter the size, has the potential to save a child’s life.

Join the Murdoch Children’s regular giving program

By choosing to become an MCRI regular donor you will make a huge positive difference to the lives of children both here in Australia and around the world. 

By joining the regular giving program, you receive the following benefits.

  • Automatic monthly donations
  • Annual receipting to make tax time easier
  • Regular updates on current research
  • Access to tours of MCRI
  • An invitation to the Institute’s annual showcase celebration event
  • Acknowledgement in the Annual Report

You will also be invited to attend special events hosted by MCRI where you will have the opportunity to meet some of our researchers and learn firsthand how new discoveries are making an impact.

Become a Murdoch Children’s regular donor today

Give in memory 

A memorial donation to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is a lasting tribute to the memory of a loved one who has passed away. It is also a meaningful alternative to sending flowers and gives family and friends the opportunity to support research to help children live happier, healthier lives.

Personalised memorial donation forms can be provided on request.  We can also arrange for donations to be made online in honour of your loved one. 

All donors receive a tax-deductible receipt and you will be provided with the total amount donated and a letter of thanks from the Institute.

Give in celebration

You can make the generous decision to request donations in lieu of gifts for your birthday, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, wedding, graduation or other special occasion.

Other support

For more information regarding all the ways that you can help, please email the MCRI Philanthropy Team at philanthropy@mcri.edu.au

Find out more here.

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

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