Children’s Cancer Research Unit

The outlook for children with cancer has never been better. But some rare tumours still have a poor prognosis, including neuroblastoma, brain tumours and childhood sarcomas.



Our research programs aim to increase understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of childhood and other cancers, and develop new cancer treatments using cellular therapy and molecularly targeted approaches. We focus on the solid tumours of childhood and adolescence that have a poor prognosis.


The Children’s Cancer Research Unit is the research-dedicated arm of the Cancer Centre for Children, and combines the expertise of leaders in basic research, translational research and data science to increase our understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of rare childhood and other cancers. Our research is facilitated by the provision of high quality clinical specimens through our world-class tumour bank, cutting edge laboratory research platforms and outstanding research expertise.

Professor Jennifer Byrne is the Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent health at the University of Sydney.

For general enquiries please contact Vanita Cross, Research Support Officer,

Click to access the Children's Cancer Research Unit 2018 Year in Review: