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Grants and scholarships
Calling all early career researchers! The Bupa Health Foundation aims to not only support research through funding and partnerships, but also to develop the capabilities, skills and networks of researchers to improve the translation of their findings so as to have real impact on health and care. The Bupa Health Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2019 Emerging Health Research Awa...
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Grants and Scholarships
Round 2 of the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) Translational Research Fellowship Scheme (TRFS) is now open! The SPHERE TRFS intends to support healthcare professionals/clinicians within research active units to undertake high-quality, clinically relevant research. The fellowship funding will make provisions for salary support, commensurate with the...
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Research
A new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that appendix removal by keyhole surgery, known medically as laparoscopic appendicectomy, leads to better health outcomes and reduced hospitals stays for children when compared to open surgery. Led by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, the study of 23,961 children in NSW used d...
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Research
Dr Monkol Lek is a leading researcher in muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease affecting nerves and muscles around the body.  Dr Lek is all too familiar with the disease, having suffered from muscle weakness in his legs while at university, which led, over ten years later, to a diagnosis of limb girdle muscular dystrophy. After leaving his job as a computer engineer and retraining as...
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Research
Four genes which work together to cause cleft lip and palate have been identified in an international research collaboration. The NHMRC-funded project was led by Associate Professor Tony Roscioli, clinical geneticist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney; and Professor Timothy Cox, from Seattle Children’s...
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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...
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Research
A study published in Pediatric Anaesthesia shows that children under four years of age exposed to anaesthesia have a greater risk of poorer development and lower scores on numeracy and reading scores. The more exposure to anaesthetics, the greater the risk, the study found. The finding is based on a data-linkage study of over 210,000 children in New South Wales, Australia. The researchers c...
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Research
Improving patient outcomes through innovative solutions is crucial to advancing translational medical research, where multidisciplinary collaboration can provide the key to advancing new discoveries.  A workshop hosted by the Westmead Institute for Medical Research earlier this week saw “rapid-fire” talks from clinicians, engineers and biomedical scientists to spark discussions between th...
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Autism Research
The Stepping Stones Triple P is a parenting program specially tailored for parents of children with a disability. It gives parents and teachers the strategies they need to manage their children’s challenging behaviour and raise happy, confident children. Programs are usually delivered through hospitals and medical clinics, but the Kids Research Institute has been working with schools in NSW th...
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Cancer
One of the main problems with chemotherapy for children with brain cancer is that the drugs damage the bone marrow. Researchers at the Kids Research Institute have been working for 10 years to develop a radical new treatment which uses gene therapy to stop this from happening. If successful, the technique will enable children to receive much higher drug doses than they can currently tolerate –...
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