News & Events

  • 30 June 2017
The ability to treat patients with highly toxic chemotherapy drugs without damaging healthy cells has posed a challenge for oncology staff for a long time. Working collaboratively in our purpose-built Gene and Cellular Medicine Facility – one of the first in Australia – our internationally recognised gene therapists, molecular biologists and bio-informaticians successfully demonstrated in labo...
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  • 22 June 2017
Cancer is still surprising researchers, making the pathway to urgently-needed new treatments more difficult to predict. A combined team of researchers from Kids Reasearch Institute  and Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) studied an aggressive category of neuroblastoma, which is the most common solid cancer of childhood, and made a very surprising discovery that transforms our...
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  • 30 January 2017
Potential widespread fraud concerning a gene linked to cancer has been uncovered by Professor Jennifer Byrne, Head of the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute and Sydney University academic. Prof Byrne was the first to discover and clone the gene, TPD52L2, 20 years ago. The gene is active in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, as well as breast cancer, but its functions are poorl...
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The biobanking of  samples of  rare tumours  in our Tumour Bank has enabled researchers to  undertake a deep assessment of the genomics of a rare tumour that affects children.  The study will have major impact on how these tumours will be managed and treated in the future  ‘Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumours’ (ATRA) appear in the brain as well as in other soft tissue...
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  • 19 August 2016
Thinking of doing an Honours project in biomedical or clinical research in 2017? Would you like to be part of the most thriving research precincts in Sydney at Westmead? Kids Research Institute is part of the The Westmead Research Hub, which has three medical research institutes, two major teaching hospitals and a strong University presence on campus. The Westmead Medical Science Honours...
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  • 09 August 2016
We are pleased to announce that Kids Research Institute's A/Prof Dan Catchpoole and team received the Big Data, Big Impact Grant - Stage 2 award at the 2016 Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research held last Friday, 5th August. This award will enable the Children's Cancer Research Unit team, led by Dan Catchpoole, and his collaborators at the University...
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  • 08 August 2016
The Kids Research Institute will again be hosting a Digital Image Competition in The Children's Hospital for Westmead Galleria for 2016 National Science Week. The competition will run from 15-21 August to showcase the diversity and depth of medical and scientific research that takes place at the Kids Research Institute and clinical departments in the hospital. We are keen to engage...
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Two teams from the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, were honoured at the 2015 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. A/Prof Dan Catchpoole was awarded the Big Data, Big Impact Award ($60,000), and Dr Geoff McCowage, Dr Belinda Kramer and Prof Ian Alexander were awarded the Excellence in Translational Cancer Research Awa...
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  • 10 August 2015
Two teams from the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute received awards at the 2015 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. Dan Catchpoole and colleagues from UTS and UWS were awarded the Big Data, Big Impact award ($60,000), and Geoff McCowage, Belinda Kramer and Ian Alexander were awarded the Excellence in Translational Cancer Research Award ($20,000) The d...
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Cancer
One of the main problems with chemotherapy for children with brain cancer is that the drugs damage the bone marrow. Researchers at the Kids Research Institute have been working for 10 years to develop a radical new treatment which uses gene therapy to stop this from happening. If successful, the technique will enable children to receive much higher drug doses than they can currently tolerate –...
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