Research centre opens

The plaque is unveiled for the new clinical research centre.

Thousands of children will benefit from the findings of world-leading clinical trials, following the opening of a new $10.6 million research centre at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today (March 12) officially opened the state-of-the-art Clinical Research Centre, which is expected to significantly improve medical treatment for children and young people.

“This research facility will foster collaboration between researchers, doctors and nurses to discover new treatments and greatly improve the healthcare of thousands of children,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The centre is part of the $1 billion Westmead Redevelopment project – the largest in NSW – and is transforming Westmead into a world-class health and education precinct.

Mr Hazzard said about 1000 children annually would take part in world-leading clinical trials.

“In NSW, we are fortunate to have highly skilled paediatric researchers dedicated to discovering better treatments for some of our sickest kids; this first-class clinic will certainly help achieve that.”

The centre will focus on a range of paediatric research areas including allergy and immunology, respiratory, cardiology, rheumatology, endocrinology, obesity, neurology, autism and psychology.

It will also evaluate the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and devices for children and young people.

The Clinical Research Centre features:

  • 13 outpatient spaces
  • The NSW Paediatric Gait Analysis Laboratory
  • A multi-purpose clinical assessment room
  • A dedicated reception and waiting area
  • Interactive kids’ zone and parents’ lounge
  • Biospeciman laboratory
  • Shopfront clinical trials pharmacy

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