News & Events

Toxicology
A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has outlined that one in four children may be exposed to a substance that will require a call to the Poisons Information Centre before they turn five. The paper, written in conjunction with Australia’s four Poisons Information Centres and The University of Sydney, sheds light on the variety of poisoning exposures in Australia. It also highl...
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Cancer
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and youth cancer charity CanTeen have today awarded $3.2 million in funding to four clinical trials that will give adolescent and young adult cancer patients access to cutting-edge treatment. One of the four trials will be led by Associate Professor David Ziegler at the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and run in Australia by the COG...
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Research Integrity
Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Byrne, head of the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research, who has been successful in securing competitive grant funding from the US Office of Research Integrity. The grant will fund continuing collaboration between Professor Byrne and Dr Cyril Labbé from the University of Grenoble Alpes in France, as they develop an algorithm, Seek & Blastn,...
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Cancer
Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has announced an incredible $5 million funding boost to the Zero Childhood Cancer Program—the first instalment of the Australian Government's Brain Cancer Mission. The Zero Childhood Cancer Program is a national initiative led by clinicians and researchers of Children’s Cancer Institute and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network throug...
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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 Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network began recruitment last week and will contribute $500,000 to the program over two years to assist with the costs of genetic testing. The national program, which is also being piloted in Victoria...
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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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