News & Events

  • 12 April 2019
Almost 15 years ago while working as a Clinical Geneticist at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Professor Robyn Jamieson was introduced to the White family. Mum, Beth had come to her about her vision loss then, in 2015 it was discovered that Beth's three childrens were also showing signs of vision loss.  “I had seen the family and we knew that Beth had retinal dystrophy, but she als...
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Genetic counselling
The Australian Genomics Acute Care study provides the families of critically unwell babies access to rapid genomic testing, in the case that a rare, genetic condition is suspected. The national program, which is also being piloted in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, aims to provide genetic testing for up to 250 babies in neonatal paediatric intensive care units within a ma...
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Partnerships
Top gene therapy researchers Professor Ian Alexander and Dr Leszek Lisowski will lead a new research program in genetic engineering that is set to fast-track gene therapy treatments for children, thanks to an international partnership between the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and LogicBio Therapeutics, Boston. The deal will see the partners develop new viral vectors, which trans...
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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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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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Research
Four genes which work together to cause cleft lip and palate have been identified in an international research collaboration. The NHMRC-funded project was led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli, clinical geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney; and Professor Timothy Cox, from Seattle Children’s...
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Genomics
Staff from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network have contributed to a new online resource introducing clinicians and researchers to the world of clinical genomics research. Gayathri Parasivam, Genetic Counsellor at Kids Research was part of the team who developed the educational package, together with colleagues from Bioplatforms Australia, NSW Health Centre for Genetics Education and the Garva...
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Publications
Brittany McGill, clinical psychologist and PhD candidate at the Behavioural Sciences Unit, together with authors from UNSW Sydney, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Princes of Wales Hospital, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Boston Children’s Hospital, has recently published a systematic review in Clinical Genetics. The review examined the literature surrounding the perceptions...
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THANK YOU
Dr Wendy Gold, Kids Research, has received a generous donation of $10,000 from the Rett Syndrome Association of Australia (RSAA), to further her group’s work on the genetic disease. Wendy's primary research goal is to better understand the molecular genetics of Rett syndrome, which is seen almost always in girls.  She hopes to find a way to halt the onset of this disease. Rett syndro...
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  • 22 June 2017
 An important discovery published  in Nature Genetics will make gene therapy--which is already helping to cure genetic diseases--safer and more effective for children. The discovery by Prof Ian Alexander, Head of the Gene Therapy Research Unit, a joint initiative of CMRI and Kids Research Institute, and his team  will help improve gene therapy in the future. in key organs such a...
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