News & Events

Hearts and Minds
Congratulations to Associate Professor Nadine Kasparian, who has won the prestigious Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice for 2018-2019, allowing her to spend a year at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital working with the world’s top health policy experts. The Fellowship will allow A/Prof Kasparian to extend her medical psychology program...
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Adolescent health
A national network of researchers committed to improving health services for adolescents have come together under the Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and launched earlier this month. The $2.5 million grant acknowledges the importance of researching, improving and delivering meaningful services to a...
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Vaccines
Results of a clinical trial designed to show whether giving pertussis vaccine at birth could protect against life-threatening whooping cough in the first 3 months of life have been published in JAMA Paediatrics.  The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance (NCIRS), based at Kids Rese...
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Scientific Literature
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. I’m a regular biomedical scientist, although in one sense I’m perhaps a bit different, in that I really like the process of writing. From speaking with colleagues and teaching postgraduate students abou...
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Zero Childhood Cancer trial shows promising results
Clinical trials
The Zero Childhood Cancer program has released initial results of its national clinical trial, revealing promising outcomes within its first 12 months.   Of the 128 children enrolled in the trial from across Australia with high-risk and relapsed cancers, 67% were provided with personalised treatment plans aimed at killing their unique cancer cells. For most children enrolled in the trial,...
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Gene Therapy
NSW Health has announced $2M of funding towards infrastructure supporting the production of gene and cell therapies in NSW. The project will be led by researchers at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI). Gene therapy uses genes as medicine, which has immense therapeutic potential in the treatment of many genetic conditions and cancers...
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Event
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health (CRE) is a brand new Australia-wide collaboration bringing together a team of interdisciplinary researchers led by the University of Sydney’s Professors Kate Steinbeck, Rachel Skinner, Angus Dawson and Louise Baur. The CRE will explore the opportunities, challenges and costs of working with adolescents and their families to make health...
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Congratulations
Congratulations to Associate Professor Sue Woolfenden, Dr Nusrat Homaira and Dr Megan Gow, who have all been successful in receiving funding from the latest round of NHMRC funding announced earlier this week by the federal Government. The success of both Associate Professor Woolfenden and Dr Homaira was a fantastic outcome for the Population Child Health research group at Sydney Children’s Hos...
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Medicinal Cannabis
Findings into the safety of Epidiolex®, an experimental cannabis-based treatment for severe drug-resistant epilepsy in children, have been published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Under the NSW Government funded Compassionate Access Scheme, children with the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy, who are too sick to participate in a clinical trial, have an opportunity to access a canna...
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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. An adult from the north coast of New South Wales is the latest Australian to be diagnosed with the deadly infectious disease, diphtheria. The patient, who was diagnosed on Monday, is being treated with ant...
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