Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI), founded in 1958, is an independent organisation committed to unlocking the mysteries of disease.
The Institute conducts fundamental research to understand the genes involved in human health and development, and the underlying causes of disease.
Our scientists investigate conditions such as birth defects, cancer and epilepsy.
Our philosophy is that major advances in prevention and treatment come from research into the fundamental processes of life.
By studying the key changes that occur during a child's early development, we can identify when, where and how diseases and abnormalities may occur.
If small problems can be detected at this stage, they could be prevented from becoming big problems or treated to reduce their impact on our children's quality of life.
What's more, many diseases that affect children, such as cancer and epilepsy, have the same basic origins as they do for adults.
This means our research has the potential improve the future health of men, women and children in Australia and around the world for generations to come.
CMRI does not have guaranteed government funding and derives more than half of its annual income from sources funded by the community, with the balance from a wide range of grant applications.
A major fundraiser is Jeans for Genes and our signature event is Jeans for Genes Day where, each year, more than two million Australians wear their favourite jeans and donate funds to support our vital research.