Message from the Director
Hi, my name is Chris Cowell and as Director of Research for The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead) I hope that you may be interested in undertaking research in paediatrics.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the highly respected, largest paediatric centre in NSW, providing high quality care for children from NSW, Australia and across the Pacific Rim. It forms part of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. The hospitals clinical excellence is underpinned by its commitment to supporting world class research at the Kids Research Institute the research arm of the Hospital.
The Kids Research Institute is rapidly becoming a research centre of choice for many paediatric health researchers. Our world-class laboratories, equipment and support, coupled with direct access to one of the largest and most significantly diverse paediatric health populations anywhere in the world makes the Kids Research Institute an appealing centre for research and collaborative works.
As much of our research involves clinical researchers interacting one-on-one with children, we are rapidly developing a reputation as leaders in translational medicine, rare diseases, indigenous health and oncology research. While some research institutions have a single focus, such as cancer or heart disease, our research is broad ranging and we look at the impact of illness across all aspects of the child's health. Through our observations and research, we are continuously improving our understanding, diagnosis, therapies and treatments for these conditions so we can provide the most advanced healthcare for kids now and for generations to come.
Staff at the Kids Research Institute are leaders in their fields and a number of them have been honoured in the last 12 months for their achievements.
Professor Kathryn North received the 2011 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia Award for Research Excellence for her outstanding achievements in Neuromuscluar dosorders and neurofibromatosis. The GSK award is one of the most prestigious awards available to the Australian research community.
Professor John Christodoulou was awarded the Ippokratis Award for outstanding achievement by a medical professional of Greek background, awarded by the Australasian Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA).
Professor Elizabeth Elliott recevied the John Sands Medal from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for her contribution to the college over 20 years.
Dr Justin Lees was awarded the NSW Government Post-Doctoral Award for Excellence in Medical Research awarded by the Australian Society of Medical Research and the 2011 NSW State Government Award for Excellence in Medical Research.
Dr Manoj Menezes recevied the 2011 Churchill Fellowship to study the assessment and diagnosis of patients with inherited muscel disorders and peripheral neuropathies in Britain and Slovenia and to attend the World Muscel Conference in Portugal.
I hope that you may join us and look forward to welcoming you to the stimulating research environment at the Kids Research Institute.
Director, Kids Research Institute at The Children's Hospital at Westmead
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This document was updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012.