News & Events

Ocular gene therapy
Two young sisters with a blinding eye condition will now have access to ocular gene therapy after a new pathway to the treatment was discovered. The girls, who were diagnosed with early-onset severe retinal dystrophy (EOSRD), an inherited degenerative disease of the retina, began having trouble with their night vision at four and two years of age. With few effective treatments available for...
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Researcher Profile
After more than a decade as Director of Research for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN), Professor Chris Cowell has decided to trade in his busy work days for a well-earned retirement in the country. With a passion for his role and the future of research, his impact on SCHN has spanned 40 years, beginning at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1982. In that time he has dri...
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Grant Success
Earlier this year, several researchers from Kids Research, and our partners at the University of Sydney and UNSW, were awarded National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for their projects, which are focusing on a range of childhood diseases. The five-year Investigator Grants are helping further research in areas including rare genetic disorders and childhood and adolescent o...
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Researcher Profile
Professor Craig Munns was recruited as a Staff Specialist in paediatric bone disorders at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW) more than 17 years ago. At the time it was the only job of its kind in Australia, which made this step in his career a milestone. Since then, he’s built on what Professor Chris Cowell envisioned for the role and the department, to deliver what is now the premier paed...
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NF1 treatment breakthrough
A commonly available nutritional supplement has inspired 11-year-old William Aberley’s self-confidence as he takes part in sports, both in and outside of school. This might seem ordinary, but not for William, who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) as a toddler. NF1 is a hereditary genetic disorder affecting about 1 in 3,000 children worldwide. It’s commonly characterised by...
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COVID-19
A joint-study between UNSW and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) has revealed a rise in mental health services used by children and adolescents after Sydney’s first lockdown in 2020. The new research, published in The Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, compared admissions from January 2020 to February 2021 to hospital records between 2016 and 2019, to observe how the use of...
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Webinar Series
Watch the video of this webinar to hear from two experts in important parts of the drug development pipeline. So far, our series of webinars has featured a number of therapies currently being delivered to patients at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN). So we’ve asked the experts how potential therapies are identified and how do we most effectively investigate the effectiveness and saf...
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Grant success
Researchers at Kids Research, with our university partners University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, have been awarded over $14.9 million in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. Announced by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, the grants will help to further research into a range of childhood conditions and diseases, including childhood and adolesce...
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  • 16 August 2021
Neuroscience
A new international treatment guideline for the most common single form of encephalitis in children is set to change clinical practice and impact children worldwide. The study led by Professor Russell Dale, Clinical Director of Kids Neuroscience Centre, brought 25 experts together from 5 continents around the world, with a goal to standardise treatment for Paediatric NMDA receptor antibody enceph...
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Grant Success
8 health and medical research projects have received a total of over $19 million in funding in the latest round of Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), announced by The Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, along with 1 project funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Trials and Cohorts Grants announced separately. The funding will ena...
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