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Neurodevelopment & Disability is committed to improving the health and well-being of children with disabilities and their families. Our research aims to gain a greater understanding of the causes of childhood disabilities and to find the best therapeutic interventions for them, with the ultimate goal of
improving outcomes and quality of life for every person with a disability.
The Centre of Developmental Disability Research was formed in 2004 and renamed Solve@RCH in 2006. Since then, there has been an exponential increase in research activities, resulting in significant improvements in the way we manage children with disabilities.
Solve@RCH is a clinically embedded child development and disability research centre, well-placed to conduct excellent clinical and discovery research, and translate evidence to practice and service delivery. It encompasses the Murdoch Children's Research
Institute (MCRI), The Royal Children’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne.
In 2011, the first Chair in Developmental Medicine in Australia, the APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine, was created in partnership with the APEX Foundation for Research into Intellectual Disability, The University of Melbourne and The Royal Children’s Hospital
Foundation. Professor Katrina Williams, a leader in autism research, was appointed as both the Chair and as Director of Developmental Medicine at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Following Professor Williams extensive research achievement, Professor Christine Imms was appointed in 2020 as the ongoing APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine.
To grow our expertise in neurogenetics, Professor David Amor was appointed in 2016 as the Head of MCRI Neurodisability and Rehabilitation group and also the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine.
Our research focusses on many research areas simultaneously and endeavours to improve the identification, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Our current major research themes:
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We work in collaboration with our research partners: Murdoch Children's Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, Deakin University, Monash University, University of Western Australia, La Trobe University, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Yooralla and the Cerebral Palsy
The Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register (VCPR) collects information on people with cerebral palsy, born or living in the Australian state of Victoria since 1970. The Register was founded by Professor Dinah Reddihough in 1987 and is now one of the largest geographically-defined
cerebral palsy registers in the world. The Register is managed by researchers from the Neurodisability and Rehabilitation group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute who work closely with their Neurodevelopment & Disability colleagues.
The VCPR is used primarily for research purposes.
Any information collected about you or your child is treated as confidential and used only by the project staff, unless otherwise specified. We can only disclose information with your permission, except as required by law.
The Victorian Prader-Willi Syndrome Register collects information about all individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) who were born, living or receiving services in Victoria. It is coordinated by the Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research group within the Murdoch Children's
Research Institute and works alongside the PWS multidisciplinary clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital. This Register aims to facilitate PWS research and to provide important information regarding the birth prevalence and the characteristics of PWS from birth to adulthood.
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The Victorian Neural Tube Defects Register collects information on people with a neural tube defect (such as spina bifida) or sacral agenesis, born or living in Victoria and attending the Royal Children’s Hospital.
By collecting information about Victorians with disabilities we can monitor trends in frequency of occurrence over time, assess risk factors for developing a disability, link to studies about best interventions and assess outcomes. We can also investigate service use in a way
that will inform service improvements.
The ultimate aim of this life-long register is to better understand the medical, educational and social needs of individuals and families with a neural tube defect or sacral agenesis. This will enable improvement and provision of best medical care and advocate for
necessary access to services, with a view to improve inclusion and quality of life.
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