Catherine (Cathy) Choong
Dr Catherine Choong is a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Clinical Professor at the School of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia. She completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne and completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) for basic science research examining functional polymorphisms in the Androgen Receptor. She has previously held a Telethon Fellowship, the inaugural Kincaid- Smith Fellowship (RACP) and an Athelstan and Amy Saw Medical Research Fellowship (UWA) as well as being awarded a Genentech Fellowship during post-doctoral training with Professors Elizabeth Wilson and Frank French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA.
She is a past President of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group and a recent Chair of the Australasian Endocrine Group Subcommittee evaluating the outcome of Growth Hormone therapy in Australian children (Ozgrow). She has an interest in the safety and ethics of human research as applied to children and infants. She is the Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee and Deputy Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Child and Adolescent Health Service in Western Australia.
Her current research stems from her clinical activity and includes investigations of the aetiology and efficacy of treatment of endocrine diseases affecting children and adolescents. She has specific interests in the endocrine and metabolic consequences of childhood cancer therapy and in the utility and long term effects of growth hormone therapy in infants and young children in conditions such as Prader Willi Syndrome.