Clinical Research Centre officially opens
The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier for NSW and the Hon Brad Hazzard MP, Minister for Health and Medical Research today officially opened the Clinical Research Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Based within Kids Research, the state of the art Clinical Research Centre (CRC) was constructed as part of the Westmead Redevelopment project and is a purpose built paediatric clinical trials facility that is expected to significantly improve medical treatment for children and young people.
Welcoming 1000 children annually, the CRC will allow access to novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendly environment. For clinicians, it provides the facilities and resources to support active engagement in research and the translation of interventions from bench to bedside.
Researchers from across NSW will have access to the new Centre, where clinical research into the prevention and management of childhood diseases across a range of therapeutic areas is conducted. These areas include allergy and immunology, respiratory, rheumatology, diabetes and endocrinology, obesity, neurology, developmental disorders and psychology.
The facility itself features 13 outpatient spaces, the NSW Paediatric Gait Analysis Laboratory, a multi-purpose clinical assessment room, interactive kids zone and parents lounge, pathology specimen laboratory and a clinical trials pharmacy.
“This research facility will foster collaboration between researchers, doctors and nurses to discover new treatments and greatly improve the health care of thousands of children,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Clinical Research Centre was made possible by a combination of NSW State Government funding and contributions from generous donors including Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation, EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment and Beryl Law's Estate.