Investigating 'silent' newborn viral infections and outcomes in the GenV cohort
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- PhD students
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- Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
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Summary Investigating 'silent' newborn viral infections and outcomes in the GenV cohort
We are seeking a PhD candidate to examine the prevalence and outcomes of 'silent' newborn viral infections in the statewide GenV cohort. This PhD offers exciting potential for significant discovery in Australia's landmark cohort study, and a research career in population health, epidemiology, infectious diseases and/or child health and development. Generation Victoria (GenV), Australia's most ambitious longitudinal study, is a whole-of-state cohort targeting all 150,000 newborns born in Victoria Oct 2021-Oct 2023 and their parents, designed to explore how environmental exposures and genetics interact with biology to determine outcomes across the lifecourse.
It is now known that viruses can establish lasting inflammatory/immune effects and/or dormant or low-grade persistence within infected individuals. Large-n population research is now showing paths from virus to disease, such as the recent discovery that Epstein Barr virus (EBV) causes subsequent multiple sclerosis. There is reason for concern that newborn viruses could precede a range of lifecourse conditions such as autism, allergy, schizophrenia and immune disorders, over and above viruses already known to cause intellectual disability and deafness.
This project will build on a successful NHMRC grant (2021-25) with GenV and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI), which uses novel CRISPR gene-editing technology to determine the population prevalence of a single virus (congenital cytomegalovirus, CMV) in GenV's newborn saliva samples.
This PhD will add to this body of research by identifying additional viruses to add to the testing panel, reporting the prevalence of 'silent' newborn viruses within a Victorian sample of newborns, and to explore child health/development outcomes in the first 2 years of life and beyond.
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