Luminesce Alliance: a world first research collaboration

16 December 2016

Luminesce Alliance, the Australia-first joint venture between Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Children’s Cancer Institute and the Children’s Medical Research Institute, was launched  by the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner MP.

The Luminesce Alliance's Vision is to create Australia’s most ground-breaking, innovative and translational paediatric research hub that will change children’s health around the world.

The partnership will pool the expertise of academics, scientists, clinicians and the community, ensuring research is implemented to directly improve the health of children in Australia and beyond.

Priority focus areas for research will include personalised cancer care, rare genetic diseases, immunity and infectious diseases, chronic diseases, gene therapy, diabetes, neurosciences and mental health. The inaugural chair of Paediatrio is Kathryn Greiner AO.

By engaging universities, independent medical research institutes and the health system in partnerships, Paediatrio will be able to drive the discovery of new and novel treatments and foster more efficient and effective translation of research into better health outcomes for generations to come - said NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner MP

After an initial investment of $1 million to implement a structure for Luminesce Alliance, $15 million was allocated last year to the Luminesce Alliance partners to support paediatric research integration through areas such as clinical trials, childhood cancer and rare genetic diseases. Luminesce Alliance shares formal affiliations with the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Many of our researchers are also clinicians and are dedicated to improving the lives of children with many illnesses by finding cures and developing better treatments. We welcome this collaboration which will ensure that research is rapidly translated into treatments and kids have early access to innovative and new treatments - Dr Michael Brydon, Chief Executive, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Paediatrio partners have worked closely to develop collaborative and translational research programs that capitalise on the world-class research strengths of its member organisations and facilitate leadership in paediatric research

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