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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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Bailey's Story
Each year, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead performs a third to half of all paediatric kidney transplants in Australia. A major focus of the Kids Research Institute is to find ways to make transplantation better. A kidney transplant saved six year old Bailey Haber’s life – but, like any transplant patient, he has to take medication every day to stop his body rejecting th...
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The Kids Research Institute has approximately 300 researchers and support staff. Our passionate team of world-class researchers are dedicated to improving the lives of children with many illnesses including cancer, bone diseases, genetic conditions, diabetes, infectious diseases, neuromuscular conditions, rare diseases, sleep disorders, kidney and liver disease. Our research involves basic sci...
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