International Human Genetics expert, Professor Jozef Gécz, is the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation inaugural Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability, and leads a comprehensive multi-disciplinary research program focused on defining the origins and early diagnosis of childhood disability.
Based in Adelaide, and working in collaboration with the researchers of South Australia, Australia and the world, the focus of the Chair is to understand 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 and expands 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 main aim of the Chair”, says Gécz. “Understanding the cause of a problem is critical, as it ultimately leads to a more inclusive society.
“We want to make sure that the next generation of children has the best possible start in their early developmental phase; the critical period where a clear diagnosis, early intervention and targeted treatment can make a real difference to their future.”
The Chair is established under a five-year partnership agreement between the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation of South Australia, The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide’s Robinson Research Institute, and was launched in March 2016 after an extensive recruitment process to create Australasia’s first ever Chair for the Prevention of Childhood Disability.