Murdoch Children's Research Institute

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Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Established1 December 1986; 32 years ago (1986-12-01)
MissionApplied medical research
ChairmanSuzi Carp
DirectorKathryn North AC
FacultyUniversity of Melbourne
Adjunct facultyRoyal Children's Hospital
Staff1,500 (2016)
BudgetA$109 million (2014)
Formerly called
  • Birth Defects Research Institute
  • Murdoch Institute for Research into Birth Defects
50 Flemington Road, Parkville
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Coordinates37°47′37″S 144°56′58″E / 37.79361°S 144.94944°E / -37.79361; 144.94944Coordinates: 37°47′37″S 144°56′58″E / 37.79361°S 144.94944°E / -37.79361; 144.94944

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) is an Australian paediatric medical research institute located in Melbourne, Victoria, affiliated with the Royal Children's Hospital and the University of Melbourne. The Institute has six research themes: cellular biology, clinical sciences, genetics, infection and immunity, population health, and data science.


The institute was established in 1986, after media magnate Rupert Murdoch and his family donated A$5 million to the Birth Defects Research Institute at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne in 1984. The institute was later renamed the Murdoch Institute for Research into Birth Defects, and Rupert's mother, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch became its patron.[1]

In 2000, the Murdoch Institute merged with the medical research institute of the Royal Children's Hospital to become the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.[2]

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  1. ^ "Murdoch gives $5m to research on birth defects". The Canberra Times. 29 August 1984. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "History of the Royal Children's Hospital". Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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