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Name: Ariane Whitehouse

Position: Supporter Relations Manager

Email: supporter-relations@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

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. 

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.

Research 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

Child Health 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 research improves the lives of millions of children each year in countries around the world from all walks of life. Our scientific research, clinical expertise and community engagement spans more than 150 common and rare diseases and conditions affecting children including;

  • Diabetes
  • Food allergies
  • Asthma
  • Premature birth
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, ADHD and epilepsy
  • Mental health problems – which are on the rise in our children, and
  • Cancers and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.

Our child-focused research takes place in the laboratory, the clinic and out amongst the Australian and global community.

Please email our Philanthropy Team at philanthropy@mcri.edu.au to find out whether we have active research in an area of children’s health or wellbeing that is special to you. 

Learn more here.

Our People

CEO

Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS, MCRI Director

Names of Board Members

To find out about MCRI Boards and Committee members, please visit here.

Registration Information

ABN

21 006 566 972

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

A gift in your Will can help our researchers to reach tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs faster.

What a gift in your Will can do

With the help of people like you we’ve been improving the health and wellbeing of children around the world for over three decades. Much of the progress we’ve made is thanks to the vital funding we get from gifts in Wills. But while our breakthroughs have seen more children survive and thrive – too many families still know what it’s like to have a sick child. 

We see a future where every child has the chance to live a happy and fulfilled life.

After you’ve thought of your loved ones, please consider a gift to MCRI in your Will. It doesn’t matter how much you can give – the children of the future need people like you behind them.

You can find further information, including wording for your Will here.

Our Will Giving Advisor, Ariane Whitehouse, can answer your questions and can help if you would like your gift to be spent in an area that is special to you. 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.

Make a donation today.

 

Becoming a regular donor

As a regular donor to MCRI 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.

Set up your regular donation today.

Giving in memory of a loved one 

A memorial donation to MCRI 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.

Giving 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.

Find out more about ways to give here.

 

Other support

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

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

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. 

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.

Research 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

Child Health 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 research improves the lives of millions of children each year in countries around the world from all walks of life. Our scientific research, clinical expertise and community engagement spans more than 150 common and rare diseases and conditions affecting children including;

  • Diabetes
  • Food allergies
  • Asthma
  • Premature birth
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, ADHD and epilepsy
  • Mental health problems – which are on the rise in our children, and
  • Cancers and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.

Our child-focused research takes place in the laboratory, the clinic and out amongst the Australian and global community.

Please email our Philanthropy Team at philanthropy@mcri.edu.au to find out whether we have active research in an area of children’s health or wellbeing that is special to you. 

Learn more here.

Our People

CEO

Professor Kathryn North AC BSc(Med) MBBS MD DMedSc FRACP FAHMS, MCRI Director

Names of Board Members

To find out about MCRI Boards and Committee members, please visit here.

Registration Information

ABN

21 006 566 972

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

A gift in your Will can help our researchers to reach tomorrow’s medical breakthroughs faster.

What a gift in your Will can do

With the help of people like you we’ve been improving the health and wellbeing of children around the world for over three decades. Much of the progress we’ve made is thanks to the vital funding we get from gifts in Wills. But while our breakthroughs have seen more children survive and thrive – too many families still know what it’s like to have a sick child. 

We see a future where every child has the chance to live a happy and fulfilled life.

After you’ve thought of your loved ones, please consider a gift to MCRI in your Will. It doesn’t matter how much you can give – the children of the future need people like you behind them.

You can find further information, including wording for your Will here.

Our Will Giving Advisor, Ariane Whitehouse, can answer your questions and can help if you would like your gift to be spent in an area that is special to you. 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.

Make a donation today.

 

Becoming a regular donor

As a regular donor to MCRI 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.

Set up your regular donation today.

Giving in memory of a loved one 

A memorial donation to MCRI 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.

Giving 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.

Find out more about ways to give here.

 

Other support

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

 

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Volunteer with us

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