In 2013, the Board of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation determined to establish a Research Chair to focus on the provision of early and accurate diagnosis of disabilities in children, and in September 2014, the Foundation entered into an agreement for a five-year partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and The University of Adelaide through its Robinson Research Institute, to create Australasia’s first ever ‘Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability’.

After a significant recruitment process, international human genetics expert, Professor Jozef Gecz, was announced as the inaugural Chair.

The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability will focus on advancing a research program that makes a significant difference to the management of paediatric disability, in collaboration with other researchers in South Australia, Australia and internationally.

The Chair was launched at SAHMRI on 15 March, with the event emceed by Rosanna Mangiarelli. A short story was aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight on 15 March 2016.

The Foundation looks forward to the announcement of positive outcomes from this significant initiative in the next few years.

Foundation Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability

Professor Sarah Robertson, Mr Glenn Rappensberg, Professor Michael Brooks, Professor Jozef Gecz, Hon Leesa Vlahos MP and Professor Steve Wesselingh at the launch of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability.

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