News & Events

Research
A new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that appendix removal by keyhole surgery, known medically as laparoscopic appendicectomy, leads to better health outcomes and reduced hospitals stays for children when compared to open surgery. Led by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, the study of 23,961 children in NSW used d...
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CHERI Conference 2018
Each year, the Children’s Hospital Education Research Institute (CHERI) host a conference showcasing the latest in learning and neurocognitive research, aimed at improving the lives of young people.  Research is particularly focused on children with ongoing or long-term health issues. Taking place on 24th October, this year’s conference is a not to be missed event for educators, school co...
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Funding
Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced a $12.2 million contribution over three years from the federal government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to the Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) and Sydney Health Partners (SHP). Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is one of the 14 leading organisations in both partnerships, which aim to connect research, ed...
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Vaccines
New data released by AusVaxSafety show the 2018 Australian influenza vaccines are safe, with over 140,000 adults and children who have been vaccinated and participated in surveillance this year experiencing no unexpected or unusual reactions. With flu season upon us, AusVaxSafety confirms that the vaccines available this year are safe for use in individuals of all ages. Led by the National Cen...
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Genomics
Critically unwell babies with suspected genetic conditions in NSW will now have access to rapid genomic testing under the Australian Genomics Acute Care study. The first patient to take part in NSW was recruited last week through Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, which is contributing $500,000 to the program over two years to assist with the costs of genetic testing.  The first recr...
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Clinical trials
This week The Children’s Hospital at Westmead announced a clinical trial for children who are newly diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and aggressive brain cancer. Around 20 children are diagnosed with DIPG each year, with the average patient surviving just nine months after diagnosis. Funded by the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Isabella and Marcus Fo...
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Awards
Congratulations to Associate Professor Germaine Wong, who has received an NHMRC Excellence Award for her research in improving the health of children and young people with chronic kidney disease. A/Prof. Wong is a transplant nephrologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and researcher with the Centre for Kidney Research at Kids Research and the University of Sydney. Kidney disease is a d...
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Researcher Profile
Dr Tejaswi Kandula is paediatric neurologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, with a special interest in researching peripheral neuropathy in childhood cancer survivors. Dr Kandula recently published her fourth paper on the subject in the American Medical Association’s top-ranking neurology journal, JAMA Neurology, which generated worldwide interest and has been viewed more than 4000 t...
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Research
Dr Monkol Lek is a leading researcher in muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease affecting nerves and muscles around the body.  Dr Lek is all too familiar with the disease, having suffered from muscle weakness in his legs while at university, which led, over ten years later, to a diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy. After leaving his job as a computer engineer and retraining as...
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  • 20 June 2018
Big news! The Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle Research (INMR) has a new name: Kids Neuroscience Centre.  The new brand identity reflects the joint mission of Kids Research and the Centre to drive excellence in paediatric health. While the name has changed, the vision to improve the lives of children affected by muscle, nerve and brain disease t...
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