Tiong, Zornitza, Sue and Seb receiving their public health award

VCGS has been recognised for their groundbreaking work in genetic diagnostics by winning the ‘Improving Children’s Health’ category in the 2017 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Their project titled ‘Pioneering clinical genomics in undiagnosed children’ demonstrated the benefits of genomic sequencing early in the diagnostic pathway. Sequencing provided a diagnosis in more than 50 per cent of patients, four times the rate of standard care (and cheaper too).

Professors Zornitza Stark, David Thorburn and John Christodoulou are among the 17 Australian researchers who led grants that received a share of $46.5 million for genomics research. The funding is part of the 2021 MRFF Genomics Health Futures Mission round, announced today by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. The projects aim to increase rare disease diagnoses and improve patient outcomes.