Prof Melissa Wake

Professor Melissa Wake is a Chief Investigator on the Victorian hip dysplasia registry (VicHip). She is also the Scientific Director of Generation Victoria (GenV) which is one of the world’s largest child and parent research studies. It aims to help find faster and better ways to predict, prevent and treat many health problems.

GenV and VicHip have formed a unique partnership that allows families of children with hip dysplasia to take part in both studies. The collaboration could help researchers find causes and treatments for hip dysplasia faster than we can today.

Melissa and her team support participant recruitment and data sharing. This includes hip dysplasia risk and outcomes data, as well as comparisons with children who do not have the condition. Enhancing VicHip's power and value.

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Melissa is a paediatrician whose ‘population paediatrics’ research spans common childhood conditions and antecedents of diseases of ageing. She is passionate about finding ways for more Australians to take part in research so that we can find solutions faster and ensure that they benefit Australian children and parents. As well as GenV, Melissa leads the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children’s biophysical repository (the Child Health CheckPoint) and has led numerous community-based randomised trials. A primary focus is building large-scale platforms to support faster, better observational and intervention children’s research. She is also Group Leader of the MCRI’s Prevention Innovation Research Group and holds Professorial positions with the Universities of Melbourne and Auckland. She maintained and enjoyed her clinical practice in outpatient general paediatrics at The Royal Children’s Hospital for 25 years until February 2017. 

Melissa is one of Australia’s foremost population researchers and has published nearly 400 articles in top general and discipline journals. Browse Melissa's top publications 



Melissa enjoys exploring Australia and other countries, hiking and spending time with her family. 



You can get in touch with Melissa on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @Melissa_Wake 



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VicHip is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Medical Research Future Fund grant 2015989.

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