Professor Murray Norris AM

deputy director

Executive team, Senior researchers

BSc ANU, MAppSc NSWIT, PhD UNSW Deputy Director; Head of Program, Molecular Diagnostics

Professor Murray Norris AM was one of the first three scientists to staff Children’s Cancer Institute when its research laboratories opened in 1984. He is Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Program and was appointed Deputy Director of Children’s Cancer Institute in 2000. He is also inaugural Director of the UNSW Centre for Childhood Cancer Research.

His research interests focus on utilising new molecular genetic technologies to improve the diagnosis and risk classification and treatment of childhood cancer, and he has been responsible for developing and implementing unique technology enabling the early prediction of relapse in children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Murray has an international research reputation in childhood neuroblastoma, particularly with regard to the molecular analysis of genes and their relationship with clinical variables. He has spent over 15 years investigating childhood cancers at the molecular level and has undertaken extensive research into the characterisation of genes involved in mediating resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs in paediatric leukaemia and neuroblastoma. The development of new therapeutic approaches to treating cancers and the detection of minimal residual leukaemia are key areas of his research.

Murray has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers and is a regular reviewer for several national and international grant-funding bodies as well as numerous international journals. In addition to an established record of state and national grant-funded research, the quality of his work has been recognised by a number of awards. He is current President of the Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Association (ANRA).