News & Events

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...
Read more
Parechovirus
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...
Read more
Publications
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...
Read more
Congratulations
Congratulations to Professor Kristine Macartney on her appointment as Director of the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS).  In addition to this appointment, Kristine is also Senior Staff Specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney and Senior Editor of the Australian Immunisation Handbo...
Read more
  • 09 November 2017
Adding to the list of world firsts in relation to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Australian researchers have published the first evidence internationally that HPV vaccine prevents recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP). Children with RRP typically present in the first few years of life with a hoarse voice or difficulty breathing and require multiple surgical treatments to keep the...
Read more
  • 30 October 2015
The number of children admitted to hospitals across Australia with encephalitis decreased significantly over a decade, in part due to the high levels of varicella immunisation since 2006. “ Varicella (chicken pox) associated encephalitis is one of the most common recognised causes of encephalitis in children,”  said  Dr Philip Britton. The number of children admitted to hospitals acr...
Read more
Encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, can kill in hours. Five year-old Behnam Emery deteriorated from a sniffle and a headache at a birthday party on Saturday to intensive care by Monday morning. Behnam was transferred to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead from his local hospital. Fiona and Behnam’s father, Matthew, said goodbye to him as he was being wheeled off to have an MRI, and the nex...
Read more