Champion of genomic medicine, Professor Kathryn North, has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia as part of the Australia Day honours.

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) Director and the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) Executive Chair has dedicated her life to improving healthcare by promoting the use of genomics in mainstream medicine.

Prof North’s discoveries on genetic disorders have helped thousands, and as director of the MCRI she leads 1300 researchers, including some of the country’s superstars of genomic medicine.

Genetic counselling is one of the rarest jobs in Australia – with only 230 employed nationwide.

Genetic counsellors work in many areas of medicine, including paediatrics, prenatal, infertility, neurology, cancer and cardiology. Many counsellors work directly with patients, while others carry out research in public laboratories and for industry. Some are employed in health education.

Victorian Clinical Genetic Services (VCGS) carries out tests for hundreds of genetic conditions impacting adults and children.

Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), the genetic testing arm of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, has welcomed the news that it is one of the three national research institutes chosen to be part of the $20-million genetic screening project – Mackenzie’s Mission.

The Mackenzie’s Mission pilot program will screen 10,000 couples to see if they are carriers of a genetic condition that could be passed on to a child.

Want a career change - consider genetic counselling

It is one of the rarest jobs in Australia – with only 230 employed nationwide – but on Thursday 8 November genetic counselling will become a little better known when Genetic Counsellor Awareness Day 2018 is celebrated.

Victorian Clinical Genetic Services (VCGS), the not-for-profit genetic testing arm of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, carries out tests for hundreds of genetic conditions impacting adults and children.

NEW! Tiered Clinical Exome Sequencing test options

Any clinical gene, any panel at cost effective pricing

Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) is pleased to announce our expanded range of tiered Clinical Exome Sequencing test options.

As of October 8, 2018 our new range of tiered exome test options are available to support more cost effective diagnosis for patients. For targeted analysis of well-defined phenotypes, choose from customised or pre-curated small, medium or large gene lists.

MCRI has been announced as the only non-European site to receive a prestigious Horizon2020 grant.

The researchers, led by VCGS' Professor Ravi Savarirayan, will receive AUD$8.4million to investigate a new treatment for Schmid dysplasia, a rare genetic disease characterised by short-limbed dwarfism and a waddling gait due to abnormalities in the legs and hips.