News & Events

Grants and scholarships
Calling all early career researchers! The Bupa Health Foundation aims to not only support research through funding and partnerships, but also to develop the capabilities, skills and networks of researchers to improve the translation of their findings so as to have real impact on health and care. The Bupa Health Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2019 Emerging Health Research Awa...
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Infectious disease
What is Parechovirus? Parechovirus is similar to the better known enteroviruses – viruses that cause common infectious diseases such as hand, foot and mouth diseases in children. According to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, epidemics of human parechovirus (HPeV) causing severe disease in young children have occurred every 2 years in Australia since 2013. There are 17...
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Gene Therapy
The need for effective treatments for children with rare genetic diseases has been a long and challenging road in research and the community. With the advancement of technology, research is now a step closer to an answer – gene therapy. A major game changer in medicine, gene therapy was recently addressed at the National Press Club of Australia by Dr Elizabeth Finkel, who is the first journali...
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Events
‘Approximately one in ten children in Australia meet criteria for a neurodevelopmental disorder’ Professor Adam Guastella, Michael Crouch Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health, clinical psychologist and clinical trials specialist based at Westmead Children’s Hospital and the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney is leading a national effort where leading experts from universities and he...
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Grants and Scholarships
Round 2 of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) Translational Research Fellowship Scheme (TRFS) is now open! The SPHERE TRFS intends to support healthcare professionals/clinicians within research active units to undertake high-quality, clinically relevant research. The fellowship funding will make provisions for salary support, commensurate with the...
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Medicinal Cannabis
Medicinal Cannabis: Positive results in treatment of children with seizures from Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) A phase 3 clinical trial has shown that the cannabis-based medicine Epidiolex ® (cannabidiol oral solution or CBD) manufactured and supplied by GW pharmaceuticals was successful in the treatment of seizures associated with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). TSC is a rare genetic...
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Gene Therapy
Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA) has announced their investment of $8.8M towards leading cell and gene therapy development and manufacturing facilities across Australia over the next four years. Sydney Cell and Gene Therapy (Westmead), part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is one of the lead facilities that will be supported through this investment to continue work in revol...
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  • 02 May 2019
Investigating the cause of miscarriage and infertility is the focus of a new study from the Kids Research team - which will change the way clinical geneticists search for the genetic basis for unexplained, recurrent, prenatal death or infertility. “Finding the genetic cause of single gene disorders have come a long way but it’s still really difficult for families with prenatal death or miscarr...
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  • 12 April 2019
Robyn Jamieson
Almost 15 years ago while working as a Clinical Geneticist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Professor Robyn Jamieson was introduced to the White family. Mum, Beth had come to her about her vision loss then, in 2015 it was discovered that Beth's three childrens were also showing signs of vision loss.  “I had seen the family and we knew that Beth had retinal dystrophy, but she als...
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Dan Catchpoole
Biobanking
Associate Professor Dan Catchpoole, Head of the Tumour Bank in the Children's Cancer Research Unit , has been elected by his peers as the new President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). In the new role he will undertake a number of executive responsibilities as well as assisting to guide the...
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