Emeritus Professor Bob Elliott
Prof Bob Elliott was a co-founder of Cure Kids, 45 years ago. The brevity here does not allow us to do justice to Prof Elliott’s huge portfolio of world-leading child health research. In the late 70s, he had a novel idea about how the medical community might be able to diagnose cystic fibrosis early and quickly. Using old Guthrie Cards, he was able to determine that his new blood test was 100% effective in diagnosing cystic fibrosis in patients.
His work around the rare genetic disorder phenylketonuria is now the international standard for safe levels of the amino acid, phenylalanine, in the maternal blood.
Prof Elliott has had made great progress in other disorders including type 1 diabetes, hole in the heart babies, and haemophilia A. He is still actively researching under a Cure Kids grant, in which he is investigating clotting factors in Haemophilia A to improve treatments.