Kathy North

Co-Chair, Australasian Neuromuscular Network - ANN; Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; David Danks Professor of Child Health Research, University of Melbourne

Australasian Neuromuscular Network - ANN

University of Melbourne

Kathy  North

Professor Kathryn North was appointed as Director of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Director of the Victoria Clinical Genetics Service and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne in February 2013. Her previous positions include the Douglas Burrows Professor of Paediatrics, University of Sydney (2004-2012) and Head of the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research (2000-2012). Kathryn is trained as a paediatric physician, child neurologist and clinical geneticist. In 1994, she was awarded a doctorate from the University of Sydney for research into Neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Genetics Program.

Kathryn’s laboratory research interests focus on gene discovery and disease mechanism in inherited muscle disorders - particularly the muscular dystrophies and congenital myopathies – as well as genes which influence normal skeletal muscle function and elite athletic performance. Her clinical research focuses on clinical trials of therapies for muscular dystrophy and neurofibromatosis type 1 as well as the development of interventions for children with learning disabilities. Kathryn is Co-Chair of the Australasian Neuromuscular Network (ANN) which now has over 380 members – doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, nurses and representatives from patient advocacy group from around Australia and throughout New Zealand. The ANN is recognised as a peak body in Australia representing neuromuscular disorders.

Kathryn is also Chair of the Neurocognitive Committee of the International Neurofibromatosis Consortium and Vice Chair of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an international consortium of more than 180 institutions promoting the sharing of genomic and clinical data.

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Level 5,
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Flemington Road

Victoria 3052

Website http://ann.org.au