International Human Genetics expert, Professor Jozef Gécz, has been appointed as the CRF Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, and leads a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research program in Adelaide focused on defining the origins and early diagnosis of childhood disability. 

The focus of the Chair is on understanding more about the genetic basis of early childhood learning and movement disabilities, intellectual disabilities, early onset epilepsies, and autism. The research program also concentrates on the many undiagnosed or hard to diagnose disorders. The Chair aims to expand on the successful work and capabilities of the existing Adelaide Neurogenetics Research Program, established by Professor Gécz in 2000. 

The provision of early and accurate diagnosis of disabilities is the program’s main aim. 

The Chair has been established under a partnership between the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia, SAHMRI and the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute

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