Child Health Research Unit
It is well recognised that most non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, allergy, asthma, autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression have their origins in pregnancy and early childhood; a period described as ‘the crucial first 1,000 days of life’.
At the Child Health Research Unit (CHRU) we study the origins of disease in the first 1,000 days and design strategies to provide our children with a healthy start. Our research brings together community effort and some of our best research minds; combining people-power with cutting-edge science. CHRU is leading paediatric research in Australia, if not the world.
- Professor Peter Vuillermin - Director
- Nicola Cooley - Executive Assistant
- Nakita Clements - Project Coordinator
- Dr Martin O'Hely - Bioinformatician
- Kate Hardiman - Team Leader
- Samantha Kernaghan - Research Assistant
- Georgie Thompson - Research Assistant
- Mikayla Hoffman - Research Assistant
- Pip Walsh - Research Assistant
- Emily Carpenter - Research Assistant
- Yuan Gao - PhD
- Lawrence Gray - PhD
- Samantha Dawson - PhD
- Liz Senn - PhD
- Lisa Bell - PhD
Maternal carriage of prevotella during pregnancy associates with protection against food allergy in the offspring. Vuillermin PJ, O’Hely M, Collier F, Allen KJ, Tang MLK, Harrison LC, Carlin JB, Saffery R, Ranganathan S, Sly PD, et al. Nature Communications. 2020;11: 1452.
Vitamin D insufficiency in the first 6 months of infancy and challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy at 1 year of age: A case-cohort study. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. Molloy J, Koplin JJ, Allen KJ, Tang MLK, Collier F, Carlin JB, Saffery R, Burgner D, Ranganathan S, Dwyer T, et al. Allergy. 2017;72: 1222-1231.
Cord blood monocyte–derived inflammatory cytokines suppress IL-2 and induce nonclassic “T H 2-type” immunity associated with development of food allergy. [NOTE – Abstract only. Barwon Health staff can request full text from Library). Zhang Y, Collier F, Naselli G, Saffery R, Tang ML, Allen KJ, Ponsonby A, Harrison LC, Vuillermin P. Science Translational Medicine. 2016;8: 321.
Perinatal microbial exposure may influence aortic intima-media thickness in early infancy. McCloskey K, Vuillermin P, Carlin JB, Cheung M, Skilton MR, Tang ML, Allen K, Gilbert GL, Ranganathan S, Collier F, et al. Int J Epidemiol. 2016;46: 209-218.
The association between higher maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index and increased birth weight, adiposity and inflammation in the newborn. [NOTE - Full text for Barwon Health staff; public can view abstract]. McCloskey K, Ponsonby A, Collier F, Allen K, Tang MLK, Carlin JB, Saffery R, Skilton MR, Cheung M, Ranganathan S, et al. Pediatric Obesity. 2016;13: 46-53.
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- $15,000 would fund of the Vivid –IQ a portable ultrasound machine to use on the BIS bus to assess cardiac function.
- $36,000 would fund the spirometry equipment and consumables to complete the lung function assessment in the primary school review.
- Funding for PhD student and early-career researchers is urgently required. The productivity of the BIS team is dependent on recruiting the highest quality research students and early-career researchers. Young researchers form the ‘engine room’ of any large-scale project, and represent a highly cost-effective investment not only in BIS, but in Australian research more broadly. Funding a PhD student and early career researcher for three years costs approximately $500,000. Given the quality of the data and biological samples assembled in BIS, with this level of investment the team will be able recruit and develop the best emerging research talent in the country.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Professor Peter Vuillermin MBBS BMedSci FRACP PhD
NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Chair in Medicine | Director of Research
Deakin University | Barwon Health
Level 2, Health Education & Research Building (HERB), Barwon Health
Rear, Kitchener House, 299 Ryrie St, Geelong 3220