Improving sepsis diagnosis in children with genomics

17 June 2020

Queensland researchers will aim to improve the diagnosis of sepsis by using genomic technology to save the lives of critically ill children who present to hospital with suspected sepsis. 

UQ has secured over $5.7 million in government funding under the Medical Research Future Fund's (MRFF) Genomics Health Futures Mission for three projects that will advance the diagnosis of breast cancer, paediatric sepsis, and study the ethical dilemmas of genomics and disabilities. 

Associate Professor Luregn Schlapbach is leading the research team who are working on a one-hour test for sepsis, an often deadly consequence of severe infections. The genome study, involving hundreds of sick children, may lead to life-saving treatments being delivered in time. 

Learn more about sepsis, including symptoms to look out for.

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