Researchers at the Telethon Institute have forged strategic collaborations with researchers in their fields at major universities and institutes around the world.
Some of our key collaborations are listed below.
UWA Centre for Child Health Research (a joint venture between the Telethon Institute and The University of Western Australia)
Established in 2001, the UWA Centre for Child Health Research facilitates closer collaboration with the University of Western Australia, providing access for staff in the Centre to relevant university services including administrative and research services and postgraduate student administration. The Centre for Child Health Research is located within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and is closely linked with the School of Paediatrics and Child Health.
UWA School of Paediatrics and Child Health (SPACH)
Based at the Children's Hospital Medical Centre, which includes PMH and the Telethon Institute, the school is firmly focussed on delivering first-class paediatric graduate and postgraduate students as well as undertaking intensive research into all issues affecting the health of children. It also provides clinical services at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The School is responsible for the teaching of paediatrics to undergraduate medical students and for postgraduate training in paediatrics and related sciences. Many of the Institute's PhD students are enrolled through SPACH and we collaborate closely in many research endeavours (such as the Vaccine Trials Group, asthma and allergy research and others).
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
The Telethon Institute continues to have a close working relationship with the state's children's hospital. With the planned relocation of PMH within the coming decade, the Institute and PMH have been developing the concept of a contiguous research and education facility. The close working relationship between medical research, clinical practice and teaching is exemplified in the important areas of children's cancer and leukaemia, infectious diseases,
respiratory medicine, diabetes and obesity.
Edith Cowan University
The Telethon Institute has a number of collaborative studies with Edith Cowan University, mainly in the area of Population Sciences which has been formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding addressing joint research and postgraduate teaching opportunities.
The Telethon Institute hosts several Honours and postgraduate research students from Murdoch University, principally in the Division of Molecular Biotechnology. New collaborations in Biomedical and Clinical Sciences as well as Population Sciences are being developed. The relationship between the Telethon Institute and Murdoch was formalised in a Collaboration Agreement in 2008.
Notre Dame University
Researchers at Notre Dame University Australia have a collaboration with Telethon Institute staff on the WA Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study.
Drug discovery company Phylogica (ASX:PY C) is the first commercial spin-out from the Telethon Institute. Phylogica's innovative Phylomer® technology targets and blocks disease protein interactions, constituting a drug discovery engine designed to produce cost-effective therapies with fewer side effects than existing treatments.
Papua New Guinea Buttressing Coalition
The Telethon Institute is proud to be a member of the Buttressing Coalition of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR). Members share a common interest - to sustain and to strengthen the PNGIMR without jeopardising its integrity. Our Director, Fiona Stanley, is the current Chair of the Buttressing Coalition. We are involved in the Papua New Guinea pneumococcal conjugate vaccine project, co-supervise PhD students and host PNGIMR staff and students for exchange visits.
Children's Oncology Group
The Telethon Institute, through its Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Laboratory, is a member of the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest children's cancer research collaborative which focuses on translating research from laboratory to bedside. With a network of more than 5,000 physicians, nurses, and scientists, their collective collaboration, research and care have turned childhood cancer from a virtually incurable disease to one with an overall 78 per cent cure rate.
UCL Institute of Child Health
The University College London Institute of Child Health pursues an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to enhance understanding, diagnosis, therapy and prevention of childhood disease. A broad range of paediatric issues is covered, from molecular genetics to population health sciences. Our collaborations result from our common interest in population data sets and using epidemiological data to influence preventive policy. Our major current collaboration is with Professor Ruth Gilbert on an international study of child maltreatment.
Cambridge Institute for Medical Research
CIMR is a modern research facility in Cambridge UK, where clinical and basic science converge in the study of the molecular mechanisms of disease. The Telethon Institute's Professor Jennie Blackwell set up this institute and continues her research there by being an affiliated Principal Investigator.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Our researchers in early child development including the Australian Early
Development Index activities, collaborate closely with Professor Clyde Hertzman and his team. They work on similar early developmental pathways and share methodologies.
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, USA
Our studies on autism, mental health and Aboriginal health collaborate with
Professor Ezra Susser and colleagues in NYC. This includes post-doctoral
placements, sharing data and conducting analyses on studies together.
International Rett Syndrome Database
Professor Helen Leonard and her team at the Telethon Institute work with many countries to collect information on girls with Rett Syndrome. These data are collected online and form part of important international research on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and genetic aspects of the disease.
International Clearing House of Birth Defects
Many countries participate in sharing their data from Birth Defects Registries to enable international monitoring and research. In addition to our data and research from the WA registry being involved, Professor Carol Bower is the current President of this important international activity.
International Network of Childhood Cancer Epidemiology
The Telethon Institute's Dr Liz Milne is the Australian representative on this network which was formed to encourage and enhance research into the causes of these cancers, many of which are too rare to be studied in one country alone.
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and the International Data Linkage Consortium
Due to considerable experience over many years of linking population level data and analysing it to inform policy and conduct research, the Telethon Institute is now part of this international group. The collaborations with Manitoba have been ongoing for several years and closely link into our Developmental Pathways Project.