The Centre for Kidney Research
M Kerr, Research Officer, The Centre for Kidney Research, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
After graduating as a Registered Nurse from The University of New England, Marianne gained experience working in various hospital wards, private community nursing, and pathology collecting centres. She then worked for the National Heart Foundation on a rural risk factor study which sparked her interest in research and prompted her to complete a degree in Public Health through La Trobe University. Following this she worked for the Western Sydney Public Health Unit in the area of communicable disease control and immunisation promotion. She joined the CKR team in April 2005 and has since worked on a number of NHMRC funded projects and coordinated several clinical trials. Currently she is working on the ARDAC study, a longitudinal cohort study looking at the prevalence of persistent risk factors for chronic kidney & heart disease in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and youth. She hopes this study will enable better health outcomes for Aboriginal people by informing preventive strategies for the development of chronic conditions.