Associate Professor Karin Borges
Associate Professor Karin Borges is a neuroscientist who is Head of the Neurological Disorders and Metabolism Laboratory at University of Queensland School of Biomedical Sciences.
Assoc. Prof. Borges received a PhD in Neurobiology at Heidelberg University in Germany and continued her education as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia in the USA.
She has established herself as one of the world’s experts in brain metabolism and has had great impact in researching metabolic treatment for epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
Her clinical research has been mostly in Epilepsy and Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Assoc. Prof. Borges’ long-term goal is to find new treatments for neurological disorders including metabolic and anti-inflammatory approaches.
Interest in the Sanfilippo cause:
"This condition is very hard on the children and families. I just want to help to find treatments and an early diagnostic test. As a neuroscientist with experience in translation I can help the foundation to identify promising research projects that have the capacity to help children and families quickly."
Message to the wider Australian community about the work of the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation:
"Please support the work of the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation to help the people affected from this devastating disease. Supporting the work of the Foundation will also help battle other neurological disorders and rare genetic disorders. Only together can society relieve the suffering of affected people and prevent more suffering in the future."
I am inspired by the work of the Foundation because:
"I have always been impressed by people coming together to battle rare disorders and the successes that come from forming foundations. It is very important to provide help to affected families and provide hope. At this point, only research can help to find a cure and early diagnoses for rare diseases. The foundation is funding excellent research and is reaching out to many researchers and doctors. This is the best recipe for quick success"
Favourite motivational quote:
"You can do it!" and a German quote, which does not have a good English translation.
”Es kommt immer anders als man denkt” which means “the future is always different from what we think."
(Photo courtesy of University of Queensland)