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Trait Secret 特征秘密

Professor Kathryn North AM

Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute


Professor Kathryn North AM

One of the most superior Australian minds, Professor Kathryn North is the director of Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.  She is also Chair of Research Committee to the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the field of neuromuscular and neurogenetics research.

“Now we can take blood or skin cells from you and recreate your kidneys in the laboratory. We’re starting to recreate cartilage cells as well.”

Trainedasapaediatric physician, neurologist and clinical geneticist,  Professor North is also an international leading expert in genomic medicine.

Brilliant and beautiful, Professor Kathryn North is devoid of amour propre, with no apparent air or condescendence. There is self-value and pride at the right doses as well as a healthy sense of humour and wit to complement her intellectual prowess. And then there is also that inimitable sense of style and sassiness in her dressing and impish choir-boy haircut. People love Kathryn North.    

In 1994 Professor North was awarded a doctorate for research in neurogenetics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Genetics Program.

Interest in genetics developed from her training in neurology where her focus was on children with severe intellectual disabilities and muscular dystrophies. Most of these disorders have a genetic or inherited basis. “When I started practising medicine the human genome haven’t been sequenced. I could not give the parents an answer as to why their children aren’t developing normally. It’s literally those simple questions every parent deserves to know that really drives me,” she shares.

Her research in genetic diagnosis produced ground-breaking results. “By using the latest genomic technologies, we’ve increased the diagnostic rate by four times at a fifth of the cost. Genomic medicine is set revolutionising clinical care.  We are moving towards prevention and early intervention, instead of waiting for the problem to occur and then treat it, a method which is often costly and ineffective. In some cases, we can even prevent intellectual disability and start treatment before the brain gets damaged. That’s the dream.”

“Genomic medicine is set revolutionise clinical care. We are moving towards prevention and early intervention”

With genetics, there is always the proverbial argument of ‘playing god’. “Everything we do goes through ethics approval and family consent to make sure we are respecting the patient’s beliefs and wishes. Genomic testing is not so different. It’s just much better with a lot more sensitivity and accurate results,” she reveals.

Essentially this guru of genetics is passionate about child health. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is by far the best in Australia and one of the top five child health facilities in the world. “We are able to attract funding because of our excellence. We work very actively with peer-reviewed funding agencies and philanthropists where we commercialise and drive innovation within the industry to make our discoveries and inventions available.”

“I still have big plans for this place, I can tell you. With genomic medicine, we are working out some of the big problems in food allergies. We are rolling out life-saving vaccines in Asia and Africa. Stem cell medicine and therapy is our latest initiative. Now we can take blood or skin cells from you and recreate your kidneys in the laboratory. We’re starting to recreate cartilage cells as well,” she beams.

I’m immensely proud of it and it’s just wonderful to be able to do something like that. I look forward to coming to work every day.”   


Professor Kathryn North AM

此外,作为训练有素的儿科医生、神经病学家和临床遗传学家,Kathryn North教授也是国际基因组医学领先专家。

集才华与美丽于一身,Kathryn North教授却没有自傲自负气息,显得不卑不亢。表现适度的自我价值和自豪感,擅长以健康的幽默和机智点缀她的强大智慧。再加上独特的衣着风格和顽皮唱诗班男孩一般的发型,人们都爱她。








by Billie Ooi – Ng Lean Gaik

Festival of Food Galore 丰盛多彩美食节

Penang is no doubt one of South-East Asia’s centre for wondrous delicacies. This year, the island will see the inauguration of The Penang International Food Festival 2017, a 16-day event from 15 – 30 April that celebrates the humble authenticity of world-famous food. Food in Penang has long been extolled by many who have visited, including world-renowned chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain and pastry chef Anna Olsen. From smoky Char Koay Teow to ice-cold Cendol, spicy and tangy Laksa to crispy Roti Canai, they all have a special spot in the hearts of those who have visited Penang.

The festival will highlight its motto – “Savour the Past”, “Enjoy the Present” and “Relish the Future” – through various events at different parts of George Town including Street Food Festival (SFF) at Lebuh Pantai that brings the best in Penang’s hawker fare, taking you back in time. Taste of Penang (TOP) celebrates Penang food of today presenting the most local gastronomic experience any tourist can see, and lastly, one of the more experiential part of the festival will see Fringe Food Festival (FFF) explores the cutting edge of food where chefs, baristas and mixologists collaborate, exchange ideas and innovate food of the future.


作为东南亚奇妙美食中心之一,槟城从来当仁不让。随着2017年的“槟城国际美食节”启动,自4月15日至30日,长达16天的美食狂欢会,欢庆世界著名美食品尝盛典。槟城的美食长久以来有口皆碑,其中包括国际知名的厨师和电视名人 Anthony Bourdain 和著名糕点师 Anna Olsen 也对于槟城食物赞誉有加。从热气腾腾的炒粿条到沁凉人心的煎蕊,辛辣强烈的拉沙到脆香非凡的印度煎饼,分别都是槟城旅客难以割舍的心头爱。


The Big Reveal for the Smallest Automobile 最小汽车的盛大推展

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled a seminal new concept in luxury, crafted for one very special customer. The St Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit in the marque’s home town of Chichester, West Sussex, England is presented with one of the automobile company’s most bespoke luxury design.

The Rolls-Royce SRH allows children awaiting surgery to drive themselves to the operating theatre, through the Pediatric Unit corridors which are lined with ‘traffic signs’. The experience of ‘self-drive to theatre’ aims to reduce child patient stress.

Molly Matthews and Hari Rajyaguru, test drivers from the Pediatric Unit, were welcomed to the Home of Rolls-Royce to see the car being unveiled in style at the company’s Goodwood Studio in the same manner for all Rolls-Royces VIP customers. This exclusive event served as final validation and pre-delivery inspection of the Rolls-Royce SRH ahead of the official handover to the patients, their families and the devoted day surgery team at St Richard’s Hospital.

Rolls-Royces1.jpg劳斯莱斯(Rolls-Royce)汽车公司为一个非常特别的客户推展了开创性的新概念豪华产品。而定制这项豪车设计产品的是汽车品牌的家乡-英国西苏塞克斯郡首府奇切斯特的St Richard医院的儿科单位。

这项劳斯莱斯SRH(Rolls-Royce SRH)设计项目让正在等待手术的儿童坐上配有“交通标志”的小汽车从儿科病房走廊前往手术室。“自行驾车到剧院”的体验是为了减少儿童患者的压力。

2名儿科患者Molly Matthews和Hari Rajyaguru作为试驾员也被迎接到劳斯莱斯总部,而这辆小汽车也在Goodwood工作室正式推展,小试驾员获得如同劳斯莱斯尊贵VIP客户般的款待。劳斯莱斯SRH独家设计项目在正式移交给患者、他们的家人和St Richard医院的儿科团队之前,也进行车辆验证和出厂前检查。