News & Events

Cancer
The Zero Childhood Cancer program, jointly run by the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and the Children’s Cancer Institute, has received a further $1 million from the NSW Government. The funding builds on the $5.63 million awarded to the program in 2015, and will support life-saving work into childhood brain cancer research. The program currently offers Australia’s first ever personalise...
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Food Allergy
Researchers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are developing a safer way to reduce allergic responses to peanuts in children.  The new trial, led by Professor Dianne Campbell, Head of Allergy & Immunology Research Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, will use peanut doses along with a dietary fibre supplement to train the body to become tolerant to peanut. “We are inte...
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Research
Congratulations to Associate Professor Aaron Schindeler, who has been awarded a Drug Discovery Initiative grant from the US Children’s Tumor Foundation.  The project will investigate treatments for muscle weakness and fatigue associated with the genetic disease Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), to help children suffering from the condition.    NF1 is one of the most common ge...
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Nurses
This Saturday, 12 May, is International Nurses Day, a chance for us to celebrate nurses and midwives all around the world, and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to healthcare. At Kids Research, our many dedicated research nurses work tirelessly to help children live their healthiest lives through allowing access to novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendl...
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Awards
Congratulations to Associate Professor Germaine Wong and Dr Geoff Zhang from the Centre of Kidney Research (CKR), who have received awards at the recent meeting of The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne. Associate Professor Wong received the prestigious Ian McKenzie Award for outstanding leadership in transplantation.  As a transplant nephrologist at The Chi...
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Parechovirus
Researchers across Australia will work together to study human parechovirus (HPeV), an emerging virus that has caused three outbreaks of serious illness in infants every 2 years since 2013. The research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia through a Centre of Research Excellence called the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infecti...
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Cerebral Palsy
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have awarded nearly $1.2 million dollars towards a collaborative research project to implement evidence-based guidelines for the early detection of cerebral palsy in young children. Each year 600 Australians are born with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common childhood physical disability. One third of children diagnosed will never walk,...
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  • 07 May 2018
Cystic Fibrosis
A $1 million grant has been awarded to Dr Keith Ooi, Gastroenterologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, to investigate whether probiotics can improve the overall health and life expectancy of children with cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Research Award will be used for a multicentre, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial to determine whether d...
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Technology
In a recent study published in Pain Practice, a new biofeedback relaxation app, BrighHearts, was found to help most young patients cope better with the pain and anxiety of procedures. "BrightHearts taps into children's interest in devices like smartphones and tablets," said Dr Angie Morrow from Kids Rehab and senior lecturer in pediatrics and child health at The Children's Hospital at Westmead...
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Publications
Epidemics of human parechovirus (HPeV), a virus which can cause severe neurodevelopmental issues in exposed infants, have been occurring in Australia every 2 years since 2013, according to research published this week in the Medical Journal of Australia. While most HPeV infections cause mild symptoms, such as gastroenteritis or influenza-like illness, the HPeV epidemics in Australia have been...
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