News & Events

  • 07 September 2017
  7 September 2017: A new program to benefit children with autism launched today at the fifth Asia Pacific Autism Conference at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. The Westmead Feelings Program, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), aims to enhance the emotional awareness of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mild intellectual dis...
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  • 25 May 2017
  AusVaxSafety introduces active safety surveillance of vaccines across the country to provide real-time monitoring, and boost confidence in immunisation   May 19, 2017: New data released by the AusVaxSafety program have shown the 2017 Influenza vaccines to be safe, with no significant, unexpected or unusual reactions experienced by the close to 40,000 adults and children who h...
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  • 09 January 2017
A 20 month old Australian girl will be reinfused with her own umbilical cord blood today to determine whether it will delay or prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes.   For the CORD study (Cord Reinfusion in Diabetes), which is being conducted through the Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead,  Lucy, will be the youngest child - from more than 100 children...
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  • 17 May 2016
  With winter coming soon, it’s time for parents and children to be vaccinated against influenza to be vaccinated against influenza now. Influenza is a viral respiratory illness that is responsible for thousands of children and adults of all ages each year being admitted to hospital in Australia. Active vaccine safety surveillance is conducted nationally in young children to monitor fo...
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  • 13 May 2016
SEVERE OBESITY AFFECTING MORE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN THAN FIRST THOUGHT, NEW RESEARCH FINDS The findings, published today in Trends in the Prevalence of Morbid and Severe Obesity in Australian Children Aged 7-15 Years (1985-2012), highlight a growing concern from paediatric obesity experts about the extent of the issue.  “The numbers on how many Australian children have severe obesity hav...
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Two teams from the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research Institute, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, were honoured at the 2015 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research. A/Prof Dan Catchpoole was awarded the Big Data, Big Impact Award ($60,000), and Dr Geoff McCowage, Dr Belinda Kramer and Prof Ian Alexander were awarded the Excellence in Translational Cancer Research Awa...
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  • 30 June 2015
research advisory group
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s research division, Kids Research Institute, is introducing a Research Advisory Group made up of children and young people aged 12 to 17. The advisory group, to be known as KiDS Sydney, will provide a meeting place to talk about various aspects of research that involves children and young people. There will be opportunity to connect with similar groups a...
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Preventing blindness
Researchers at the Kids Research Institute may soon be able to save the vision of adults and children suffering from optic neuritis thanks to a new study that will allow them to provide better treatments to patients based on an antibody in the blood. The nationwide study, titled MOG antibody: a biomarker of bilateral and relapsing optic neuritis, will involve testing patients with recurring op...
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