News & Events

World NF Awareness Day
A new research project aimed at finding a cure for the genetic disorder Neurofibromatosis (NF) has been given a flicker of hope. The project underway at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) has received $350,000 in funding from the Flicker of Hope Foundation delivered through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. This boost will go towards a gene therapy approach to NF, led...
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Researcher Profile
Professor Craig Munns was recruited as a Staff Specialist in paediatric bone disorders at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) more than 17 years ago. At the time it was the only job of its kind in Australia, which made this step in his career a milestone. Since then, he’s built on what Professor Chris Cowell envisioned for the role and the department, to deliver what is now the premier paed...
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NF1 treatment breakthrough
A commonly available nutritional supplement has inspired 11-year-old William Aberley’s self-confidence as he takes part in sports, both in and outside of school. This might seem ordinary, but not for William, who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) as a toddler. NF1 is a hereditary genetic disorder affecting about 1 in 3,000 children worldwide. It’s commonly characterised by...
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  • 16 August 2021
Award
Congratulations to Dr Tegan Cheng and Dr Orazio Vittorio for being awarded the 2021 Young Tall Poppy Science Award! The Tall Poppy Science Award is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), acknowledging excellence in research and commitment to communicating science to a broad audience. The awards are held in each state to celebrate researchers across science, eng...
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  • 30 January 2020
Bone & Musculoskeletal Health
Osteoporosis – a condition that is associated with an increased risk of sustaining a broken bone is common in older people, but not usually considered a problem in children. There is however a small but significant group of children and adolescents who easily break their bones due to osteoporosis. Over the past 20 years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to accurately ident...
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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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In a world first, the OrthoPediatrics Wrist Fusion Plate has been launched onto the market. This implant will help children with severe wrist deformities and their carers to perform daily tasks. Prof David Little, Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, devised the concept, which was developed with his engineering colleagues in the EPIC 3D printing lab in the Hos...
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  • 13 June 2017
The Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program (MDCPT) bridges the gap between the development of medical devices and their commercialisation. Tegan Cheng, manager of the EPIC 3D Orthopaedic Lab,   was selected to join this 12 week course where ground breaking meditech innovations are accelerated. Cicada Innovations, Australia’s only ‘super incubator’ delivers the program in c...
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  • 07 April 2017
High performing Science undergraduates have begun working on projects in the Westmead precinct  as part of the prestigious Talented Students Program, an initiative of the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.  Students will work on projects at the Kids' Research Institute (KRI), The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) and Western Sydney Local Health District (WSL...
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  • 18 January 2016
The EPIC lab
3D design and printing is being used develop to  novel implants for children with lower limb deformities in a new lab opened by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner. The lab, EPIC 3D, (Engineering and Prototyping of Implants for Children) is headed by Prof David Little, world renowned surgeon, researcher and educator in children’s orthopaedics. Six devices are in varying...
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