News & Events

COVID-19 study
A new study has found the number of Australian adults infected with COVID-19 at the end of February, was at least twice as high as cases reported to authorities. At least 17 per cent of adults are estimated to have recently been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, with the majority of these infections believed to have occurred during the Omicron wave. This result, rele...
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  • 16 August 2021
Australian scientists researching how our immune system responds to COVID-19 have revealed that those infected by early variants in 2020 produced sustained antibodies, however, these antibodies are not as effective against contemporary variants of the virus. The research is one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of the immune response against COVID-19 infection. It suggests vaccination...
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  • 18 May 2021
Three million dollars from the NSW Government, Federal Government and industry partners will now go towards establishing “Phage Australia” at the Westmead Health Precinct to step up the fight against antibiotic resistant infections.   The Federal Government announced in the Budget last week it would invest $1 million on top of the NSW Government’s previous commitment of $1.15 million a...
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Grant Success
It has been an unprecedented year for Kids Research (KR), with more than $70 million committed to new research projects aimed at improving the lives of children suffering from conditions including rare genetic diseases, cancer, heart, kidney and infectious disease. In the past 12 months, more than $49 million in funding has been awarded to researchers from KR and its affiliate partners, Univer...
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  • 19 June 2020
Clinical Trials
Frontline healthcare workers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead will be the first NSW participants to join the BRACE trial. The BRACE trial, launched by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) aims to investigate whether the Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine can protect healthcare workers exposed to SARS-CoV-2 from developing severe symptoms, reducing the impacts of COVID-19. The...
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Infectious disease
What is Parechovirus? Parechovirus is similar to the better known enteroviruses – viruses that cause common infectious diseases such as hand, foot and mouth diseases in children. According to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia, epidemics of human parechovirus (HPeV) causing severe disease in young children have occurred every 2 years in Australia since 2013. There are 17...
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  • 24 May 2018
Thank you
Thousands of children will have the opportunity to access novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendly environment thanks to the recently opened state-of-the-art Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation Clinical Research Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.   The Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation generously donated $2 million to the Centre, which will hel...
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Food Allergy
Researchers at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are developing a safer way to reduce allergic responses to peanuts in children.  The new trial, led by Professor Dianne Campbell, Head of Allergy & Immunology Research Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, will use peanut doses along with a dietary fibre supplement to train the body to become tolerant to peanut. “We are inte...
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Researchers across Australia will work together to study human parechovirus (HPeV), an emerging virus that has caused three outbreaks of serious illness in infants every 2 years since 2013. The research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia through a Centre of Research Excellence called the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infecti...
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Epidemics of human parechovirus (HPeV), a virus which can cause severe neurodevelopmental issues in exposed infants, have been occurring in Australia every 2 years since 2013, according to research published this week in the Medical Journal of Australia. While most HPeV infections cause mild symptoms, such as gastroenteritis or influenza-like illness, the HPeV epidemics in Australia have been...
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