Research funding

Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, recently announced four teams of researchers will share $2.72 million to explore better treatments for cancer, mitochondrial disease, inherited heart disease in babies and schizophrenia.

The four recipients of the 2014/15 NSW Genomics Collaborative Grants funding were announced at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, including Professor Carolyn Sue from the Kolling Institute of Medical Research with lead chief investigators from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and University of Sydney. This research will focus on exploring the causes and improving diagnosis and treatment for children and adults with Mitochondrial disease (MD), the most common type of inherited metabolic disease in Australia.

Minister Skinner also recently announced that a re-elected Baird Government would invest $25 million to establish Australia’s first large-scale clinical trials centre exclusively for paediatric research. The $6 million clinical trials centre will be built at the Kids Research Institute (KRI) as part of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.