Our research

Research in the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network is conducted at Kids Research Institute, the research division of The Children's Hospital at Westmead,  Sydney Children’s Hospital, through our Clinical Research Centres, Better Treatments 4 Kids, and the Kids Cancer Alliance.  

About SCHN Research

The Network is affiliated with key academic centres, including the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales and has partnerships with University of Western Sydney, University of Notre Dame, Macquarie University and University of Technology.

SCHN has strong collaborative relationships with biomedical research institutes, Children’s Medical Research Institute and Westmead Millennium Institute, as part of the Westmead Research Hub and with Children’s Cancer Institute Australia at Randwick as part of the Health Sciences Alliance. Kids Resaerch Institue at The Children's Hospital at Westmead is one of the partners in Sydney Health Partners fostering cutting edge collaboration and using the outcomes of health and medical research to improve the lives of our patients and community.

Paediatrio is a joint venture between Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Children’s Cancer Institute and the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The vision is to create Australia’s most ground-breaking, innovative and translational paediatric research hub that will change children’s health around the world. The partnership will pool the expertise of academics, scientists, clinicians and the community. Priority focus areas for research will include personalised cancer care, rare genetic diseases, immunity and infectious diseases, chronic diseases, gene therapy, diabetes, neurosciences and mental health.

The clinical excellence achieved at SCHN is underpinned by a strong research culture which aims to find cures for the prevention and treatment of ill health in children. Our translational research provides patients and families early access to new and innovative treatments and improves the quality and efficiency of our clinical services.

There are approximately 210 FTE researchers, 100 postgraduate students and 50 clinician/academic Research Leaders undertaking research within SCHN.

Their research activities include clinical, public and population health and laboratory research which is undertaken across eight major research streams:

  • Neurosciences and Mental Health 
  • Tissue Engineering and Bone Repair 
  • Cancer Biology 
  • Genetics, Gene Therapy and Genomics 
  • Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition 
  • Renal Medicine and Transplantation 
  • Infectious Disease and Immunology 
  • Clinical Sciences and Health Services Delivery

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Strategic Plan 2013-2017

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network Research Highlights 2015

Kids Research Institute

Today's Research, Tomorrow's Medicine

Kids Research Institute is the research arm of The Children's Hospital at Westmead and is committed to achieving a better future for sick children. Working in cutting-edge facilities and in collaboration with researchers locally, nationally and across the world, the 250 researchers bring a wealth of experience and direct clinical experience to their work. By translating research into clinical practice, young patients can have early access to innovative treatment.

Research ranges from basic laboratory-based science through to frontier gene therapy, clinical trials of new treatments and medicines and research that inform policy and practice.

Kids Cancer Alliance

In 2011, the Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA) was developed to accelerate innovations for diagnosis and therapy including drug discovery and for translation of research into improved care and clinical outcomes for children with cancer in NSW.

The KCA is funded by the Cancer Institute of NSW with significant co-funding by the University of NSW and University of Sydney and brings together a broad group of clinicians and scientists from each of the partners which include

KCA is currently undertaking research projects in diagnostics, therapy, survivorship and models of care that will ultimately lead to improved outcomes in the diagnosis of cancer.

As a consequence of research, major advances in childhood leukaemia therapy have seen survival rates improve from 70% to approximately 85% over the last 30 years.

Clinical Research Centres

We help children, young people and their families.

The Clinical Research Centres within Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network provide investigators and industry sponsors with support for all types of clinical research from trials of novel therapeutic agents to large public-health prevention trials.

Each year, there are a number of paediatric clinical research studies undertaken at CHW and SCH. These provide our patients with a chance of improving their health and hopefully finding a cure for their condition.

We offer a comprehensive range of services for researchers and sponsors of clinical research, from the early stages of protocol development through to study delivery and closure. Researchers can contract services to suit the needs of their study.

Research conducted into childhood diseases encompass a variety of therapeutic areas and clinical phases. Our clinical trials include those initiated by clinicians and researchers within the SCHN as well as those sponsored by industry bodies.

Clinical trials are an essential component of our healthcare system and provide the strongest evidence for the choice of treatments in children. Clinical trials lead to major clinical practice improvements resulting in substantial gains in health outcomes for our population.

Our top five areas of research:

  • Cancer
  • Vaccines and Infectious Diseases
  • Respiratory
  • Blood disorders
  • Metabolic disorders

Key outcomes from a successful Clinical Research Centre:

  • Successful grants from national and international funding bodies
  • Publications in high impact journals
  • Translating local discoveries into clinical care
  • Early access to new and novel therapies
  • Attracting industry
  • Attracting talent

Contact us:

Clinical Research Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital

The Bright Alliance, Level 8 (Centre for Child Health Research and Innovation)
Corner High and Avoca Streets. Randwick NSW 2031
Ph: +61 (2) 9382 5540 Fax: +61 (2) 9382 5542

Email: schn-schclinicaltrials@health.nsw.gov.au

Clinical Research Centre at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Kid’s Research Institute, Kerry Packer Building
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street. Westmead NSW 2145
Ph: +61 (2) 9845 3505 Fax: +61 (2) 9845 1317
Email: schn-clinicaltrials@health.nsw.gov.au

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The Better Treatments 4 Kids (BT4K) Network NSW

The Better Treatments 4 Kids (NSW) Network is a collaboration of paediatric researchers from NSW based children’s hospitals and research institutes. This network, funded by the NSW Office of Health and Medical Research (OHMR), aims to improve health outcomes for children and their families, by increasing the quality and quantity of paediatric clinical research in NSW, thus supporting evidence-based health care.

The network is hosted by the Kids Research Institute at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and the current institutional members are the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead; Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick; and John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle. To contact the network for information on  upcoming educational opportunities and initiatives email info@bt4k.com.au or visit their website www.bt4k.com.au.

BT4K hosts The Kaleidoscope Project which aims to establish research priorities for childhood chronic conditions. The project will involve input from children, teenagers, parents and carers, health care providers and researchers. They are currently taking suggestions, so if your child suffers from a chronic illness, you and your child can fill out their survey. The more responses they receive the better they can target research that is important to you.