Our Research

Kids Neuroscience Centre has a number of research teams examining different aspects of nerve and muscle disease. The aim of this research is to advance our understanding of the disorders from both a research and clinical perspective.

Here's a list of the main research areas:

Brain Autoimmunity - Aims to understand the role played by autoantibodies in neurological diseases including Autoimmune Encephalitis, emyelinating syndromes, movement disorders and early-onset psychosis.

Clinical Neuroimmunology - Aims to define the clinical features and best treatment of immune mediated brain conditions, including autoimmune encephalitis, autoimmune movement disorders and the immune contribution of common disorders such as epilepsy and neuropsychiatric conditions such as tics and obsess-compulsive disorder.

Clinical Trials and Clinical Research - Provides an interface between clinical care and scientific research for a range of conditions that affect the brain, nerve and muscle.

Disease Mechanisms and Therapies - Using cell and animal models to unlock the mechanisms causing nerve and muscle disorders to inform evidence-based therapies.

Epilepsy and Movement disorders - Explores clinical care and research in complex epilepsy, epilepsy genetics and epilepsy surgery, and in movement disorders undertakes research in Tourette Syndrome and genetic dystonia. This includes collaboration in gene discovery projects and deep brain stimulation.

Genomic Medicine - Translating latest innovations in genomics to provide families with a precise genetic diagnosis, and identify novel genes causing disease.

Molecular Neurobiology - Focuses on improving our understanding of complex neurodevelopmental disorders including Rett syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Neuropsychology - Investigates the associations between cognitive functions, neurobiological mechanisms and genetics in childhood neurological disorders.

Neuropathy - Aims to improve the lives of children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease through effective clinical trials and clinical trials.

Translational Neurogenomics - 

Translational Neuroimmunology - Aims to enhance our understanding of underlying disease pathogenesis in autoimmune neurological conditions, thereby facilitating diagnostic and therapeutic precision in order to improve outcomes in patients who otherwise risk significant disability.

This research translates into specific projects. Take a look at our current ones:

  • identifying new forms of muscular dystrophies.
  • unlocking the mystery of inherited congenital myopathies.
  • develop learning strategies to help children with NF1 reach their full potential.
  • determining the cause of a fatal neuropathy of infants.
  • delivering new therapies to children with neuromuscular disorders.

Kids Neuroscience Centre works in collaboration with a network of Australian and international collaborators. We offer various study and work opportunities: take a look.


Did you know?

It would take a person typing 60 words per minute, eight hours a day around 50 years to type the human genome!

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