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International Women's Day
Today on this International Women's Day we are recognising the incredible achievements of women in all of their diversities. This day of celebration is also a day of action, where we can raise awareness about the inequalities faced by women and girls and acknowledge what needs to be done. This year we are being challenged to break the bias and imagine a gender equal world. We've spok...
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International Women's Day
Sarah Alshammery is a PhD student at the Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She is based at the Kids Neuroscience Centre, Kids Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Her role involves investigating the immune response and epigenetics in children with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders and she does this through de...
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International Women's Day
Wendy Gold is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health and a Neurobiologist based in the Kids Neuroscience Centre, Kids Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She teaches third year Medical Science students on the subject of translating medical discoveries into the clinic and leads a research team who...
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CMT Guidelines
The first ever clinical practice guidelines for children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) have been published after a decade of work by an international team. CMT is a group of degenerative genetic disorders affecting the peripheral nervous system, the nerves stretching from the spinal cord to the muscles. It’s a lifelong condition which usually starts in childhood and progresses into ad...
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Rare Disease Day
The benefits of a new precision medicine initiative, being piloted at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN), are already being seen in children and families with rare genetic diseases. The program, Gene2Care, aims to improve the standard of care, including enhanced diagnoses and access to management and treatment. The family-centred program, funded by Luminesce Alliance, combines the effo...
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Genetic Testing
A new test for genetic diseases is successfully providing the sought-after answers for families of sick children. RNA diagnostic testing has already achieved a diagnosis for more than 70 families, with hopes it can be implemented in everyday clinical practice. Current methods using DNA sequencing are only able to diagnose half of the children and families with suspected genetic disorders. Prof...
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Kids Research labs
At Kids Research the goal is clear, to understand and find cures for all conditions affecting children and adolescents. A goal given more meaning by the location of Kids Research on the doorstep of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment often begin in the experimental labs, where drugs, chemicals and other types of biological matter are analysed and teste...
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Gene Therapy
Children with genetic diseases and cancers will be given faster access to life-saving gene and cell therapies through a new commercial scale viral vector manufacturing facility in Western Sydney. The NSW government has called on industry and investors to submit expressions of interest to support the growth and operations of the facility, to be built in the Westmead Health and Innovation Distri...
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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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