News & Events

Medicinal cannabis
A phase III clinical trial has shown the cannabis-based medicine Epidiolex® (cannabidiol oral solution) to reduce seizures in children with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy.  Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, was one of two sites in Australia to take part in the international study, which reinforced the safety and efficacy of the drug in reducing sei...
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Grant success
A number of researchers from Kids Research will lead and collaborate on projects supported by the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. Covering a broad range of disciplines, the projects will improve our understanding of adolescent medicine, gene therapy, immunology, congenital heart disease, cancer and burns to enable the development of innovative trea...
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Cancer
Written by Dianne Sylvester, University of Sydney PhD candidate at the Children's Cancer Research Unit, and Professor Jennifer Byrne, Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit. It has long been suspected that cancer can be written in our genes, or in our DNA. This could also be true more often for childhood cancer patients. Cancer diagnosed at a young age could indicate a genetic cause, thro...
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Partnerships
Top gene therapy researchers Professor Ian Alexander and Dr Leszek Lisowski will lead a new research program in genetic engineering that is set to fast-track gene therapy treatments for children, thanks to an international partnership between the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and LogicBio Therapeutics, Boston. The deal will see the partners develop new viral vectors, which trans...
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Premier's Award
Congratulations to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, oncologist Dr Antoinette Anazodo, winner of the Rising Star PhD candidate award at the NSW Premier’s Award for Cancer Research. Dr Anazodo’s PhD led to the development of the first oncofertility registry looking at the uptake, utilisation, complications and success of fertility preservation. She has worked on identifying the barrier...
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Vaccines
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared that Australia has eliminated rubella. Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral disease. The symptoms in children are gener...
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Vaccine safety
AusVaxSafety have reported on and confirmed the safety of seasonal influenza vaccines since 2014. This active, participant-based surveillance system is a valuable tool for post-marketing monitoring of vaccine safety for the early detection of potential issues, especially for annually changing influenza vaccines. AusVaxSafety provides important, locally-derived data which ensure confidence in the...
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Mental health
A study by medical researchers from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and UNSW Sydney has shown that young children with heart disease and their families may have poorer quality of life than the general population, leading to calls for routine screening to enable early intervention and better outcomes. The paper – the largest Australian study on the quality of life in young childr...
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  • 08 October 2018
Clinical Trials
An animation that supports both parents and young people who are deciding whether to enrol in a childhood cancer clinical trial has been launched by researchers at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, and the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW Sydney. The video is the first piece of a world first suite of resources called Delta, which are being developed by...
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Vaccine Safety
Data from AusVaxSafety has confirmed the safety of new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil9®, in Australian adolescents.  The vaccine was added to the National Immunisation Program earlier this year for adolescent males and females, and is mainly delivered through free, school-based immunisation programs, with some doses also given by GPs. The new vaccine protects against 9 diffe...
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