News & Events

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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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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Cancer
The Zero Childhood Cancer program, jointly run by the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and the Children’s Cancer Institute, has received a further $1 million from the NSW Government. The funding builds on the $5.63 million awarded to the program in 2015, and will support life-saving work into childhood brain cancer research. The program currently offers Australia’s first ever personalise...
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Gene therapy
Results of a Phase I Clinical Trial which employed genetic engineering technologies developed in-house at Kids Research have been published in Human Gene Therapy.  It is the first example of a group in Australia to succeed in safely manufacturing and using clinical-grade vectors. The research, initiated nearly twenty years ago by Dr Geoffrey McCowage, paediatric oncologist at Cancer Centr...
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Professor Jennifer Byrne, Department Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute,  The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Professor of Molecular Oncology at the University of Sydney, has today been named in international journal, Nature, as one of  the 'ten people who mattered this year.' She is the  only Australian included. Her work identifying...
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Two scientists have teamed up to develop a DNA fact checker for research publications and have already found flaws in more than 60 papers. Now they are asking the wider research community to test the program and help improve it Jennifer Byrne, a researcher into childhood cancer at KRI, joined forces with Cyril Labbé, a computer scientist in France, to develop the Seek & Blastn tool to...
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  • 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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