News & Events

Nurses
This Saturday, 12 May, is International Nurses Day, a chance for us to celebrate nurses and midwives all around the world, and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to healthcare. At Kids Research, our many dedicated research nurses work tirelessly to help children live their healthiest lives through allowing access to novel therapies and innovative research in a safe, family-friendl...
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Awards
Congratulations to Associate Professor Germaine Wong and Dr Geoff Zhang from the Centre of Kidney Research (CKR), who have received awards at the recent meeting of The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne. Associate Professor Wong received the prestigious Ian McKenzie Award for outstanding leadership in transplantation.  As a transplant nephrologist at The Chi...
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Parechovirus
Researchers across Australia will work together to study human parechovirus (HPeV), an emerging virus that has caused three outbreaks of serious illness in infants every 2 years since 2013. The research is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia through a Centre of Research Excellence called the Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infecti...
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Cerebral Palsy
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have awarded nearly $1.2 million dollars towards a collaborative research project to implement evidence-based guidelines for the early detection of cerebral palsy in young children. Each year 600 Australians are born with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common childhood physical disability. One third of children diagnosed will never walk,...
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  • 07 May 2018
Cystic Fibrosis
A $1 million grant has been awarded to Dr Keith Ooi, Gastroenterologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, to investigate whether probiotics can improve the overall health and life expectancy of children with cystic fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Clinical Research Award will be used for a multicentre, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled trial to determine whether d...
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Technology
In a recent study published in Pain Practice, a new biofeedback relaxation app, BrighHearts, was found to help most young patients cope better with the pain and anxiety of procedures. "BrightHearts taps into children's interest in devices like smartphones and tablets," said Dr Angie Morrow from Kids Rehab and senior lecturer in pediatrics and child health at The Children's Hospital at Westmead...
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Publications
Epidemics of human parechovirus (HPeV), a virus which can cause severe neurodevelopmental issues in exposed infants, have been occurring in Australia every 2 years since 2013, according to research published this week in the Medical Journal of Australia. While most HPeV infections cause mild symptoms, such as gastroenteritis or influenza-like illness, the HPeV epidemics in Australia have been...
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Publications
Brittany McGill, clinical psychologist and PhD candidate at the Behavioural Sciences Unit, together with authors from UNSW Sydney, Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Princes of Wales Hospital, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Boston Children’s Hospital, has recently published a systematic review in Clinical Genetics. The review examined the literature surrounding the perceptions...
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Heart Research
Researchers from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network have been awarded two HeartKids project grants to support research into improving health outcomes for children undergoing major cardiac surgery. The HeartKids Grants-in-Aid Program awarded $273,000 across a total of seven projects, enabling vital research into childhood and congenital heart disease across Australia. Associate Professo...
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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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