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Genetic counselling
The Australian Genomics Acute Care study provides the families of critically unwell babies access to rapid genomic testing, in the case that a rare, genetic condition is suspected. The national program, which is also being piloted in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, aims to provide genetic testing for up to 250 babies in neonatal paediatric intensive care units within a ma...
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People may unknowingly bring measles back from other countries, including Europe
Measles
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Australia was declared free of measles in 2014. Yet this summer we’ve seen nine cases of measles in New South Wales, and others in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. High vacci...
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Medicinal cannabis
A phase III clinical trial has shown the cannabis-based medicine Epidiolex® (cannabidiol oral solution) to reduce seizures in children with Dravet syndrome, a rare and severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy.  Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, was one of two sites in Australia to take part in the international study, which reinforced the safety and efficacy of the drug in reducing sei...
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Grant success
A number of researchers from Kids Research will lead and collaborate on projects supported by the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding. Covering a broad range of disciplines, the projects will improve our understanding of adolescent medicine, gene therapy, immunology, congenital heart disease, cancer and burns to enable the development of innovative trea...
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Cancer
Written by Dianne Sylvester, University of Sydney PhD candidate at the Children's Cancer Research Unit, and Professor Jennifer Byrne, Head of the Children's Cancer Research Unit. It has long been suspected that cancer can be written in our genes, or in our DNA. This could also be true more often for childhood cancer patients. Cancer diagnosed at a young age could indicate a genetic cause, thro...
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Partnerships
Top gene therapy researchers Professor Ian Alexander and Dr Leszek Lisowski will lead a new research program in genetic engineering that is set to fast-track gene therapy treatments for children, thanks to an international partnership between the Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) and LogicBio Therapeutics, Boston. The deal will see the partners develop new viral vectors, which trans...
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Premier's Award
Congratulations to Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, oncologist Dr Antoinette Anazodo, winner of the Rising Star PhD candidate award at the NSW Premier’s Award for Cancer Research. Dr Anazodo’s PhD led to the development of the first oncofertility registry looking at the uptake, utilisation, complications and success of fertility preservation. She has worked on identifying the barrier...
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Vaccines
This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared that Australia has eliminated rubella. Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral disease. The symptoms in children are gener...
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Vaccine safety
AusVaxSafety have reported on and confirmed the safety of seasonal influenza vaccines since 2014. This active, participant-based surveillance system is a valuable tool for post-marketing monitoring of vaccine safety for the early detection of potential issues, especially for annually changing influenza vaccines. AusVaxSafety provides important, locally-derived data which ensure confidence in the...
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Mental health
A study by medical researchers from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and UNSW Sydney has shown that young children with heart disease and their families may have poorer quality of life than the general population, leading to calls for routine screening to enable early intervention and better outcomes. The paper – the largest Australian study on the quality of life in young childr...
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