Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    $4 million means bright future for child research

    9/10/2015 10:30 AM
    • Third round of Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund
    • 15 projects share $4 million in child health research grants
    • New grants stream designed to support projects that build research capacity

    Telethon and the State Government have today awarded a record $4 million in grants to 15 research projects for child and adolescent health.


    They range from studies into the effectiveness of robotic equipment for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsy, to parent-mediated therapy for infants deemed at risk of autism or developmental delays.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the third round of grants under the Telethon-Perth Children's Hospital Research Fund were funded by $2 million each from the State Government and Telethon.


    He congratulated Telethon on its success in promoting and supporting Western Australian researchers.


    "Since we established these grants together in 2012, Telethon has done a fantastic job in driving awareness about child research and health, and the beneficiaries are ultimately the children and young people of WA," Dr Hames said.


    "The findings of these latest projects will provide us with information vital to improving the quality and relevance of patient care for young people in this State."


    In the first two years of the program, grants supported short-term research projects involving child and adolescent health issues in WA.  This year a second stream of grants has been incorporated into the program, providing funding for strategic projects that improve research capacity in the sector.


    The establishment of a centre to analyse linked data is one of three projects receiving grants under the new capacity-building strategic research stream.


    Successful researchers were chosen by an expert steering committee from a field of 73 applications covering a wide range of disciplines. The latest grants range from $114,000 to $473,000.


    The fund is a collaboration of the Department of Health and Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Since the fund's establishment in 2012, the department and Channel 7 Telethon Trust have each contributed $5 million.


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    Stream 1: Short-term Research Projects
    Co-ordinating Principal InvestigatorCo-ordinating Principal Investigator's institutionProject Title

    Professor Keven Batty

    Curtin UniversityDrug assays from dried blood spots: A novel method to measure drug concentrations in children and neonates UWA
    Associate Professor Julian HengUniversity of Western Australia/ Harry Perkins Institute of Medical ResearchEstablishing a functional genomic analysis platform to study how genetic mutations cause childhood brain disorders and intellectual disability
    Dr Matthew KempUniversity of Western Australia Flurofamide, a novel intervention for preterm birth
    Dr Rishi Sury KotechaTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital Identifying novel, effective and translatable drugs for high-risk infant acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
    Dr Shailender MehtaFiona Stanley HospitalRandomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial of probiotics in pregnancy and its effect on group B streptococcal colonisation
    Mrs Dayna PoolPrincess Margaret Hospital iStride project for improving the mobility of children with cerebral palsy
    Dr Andre SchultzTelethon Kids Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital The characterisation of the early cystic fibrosis airway surface micro-environment in order to develop strategies for the delay of disease onset
    Professor Stephen StickTelethon Kids Institute/ Princess Margaret Hospital Inhaled dry powder sub-micron sized particles of Ca-EDTA as adjunct to standard antibiotic inhaled therapies for treatment of chronic bacterial biofilm infections in children with cystic fibrosis
    Winthrop Professor Andrew WhitehouseTelethon Kids Institute A randomised controlled trial of a parent-mediated therapy for infants at increased risk for autism or developmental delay
    Professor Fiona WoodUniversity of Western Australia/Fiona Stanley HospitalChronic immune suppression in paediatric burn survivors
    Winthrop Professor Florian ZepfUniversity of Western Australia/ Princess Margaret HospitalTreatment of Adolescents with Depression: A pilot study on predictors for treatment response
    Dr Guicheng (Brad) ZhangCurtin UniversityThe discovery of biomarkers for predicting oral food challenge outcomes in children with baked egg or peanut allergy




    Stream 2: Strategic Research Initiatives
    Coordinating Principal InvestigatorCoordinating Principal Investigator's institution Project title
    Dr Andrew CurrieMurdoch UniversityEstablishing the National Phenome Centre - Advanced Screening, Diagnostics and Precision Medicine for WA's infants and children
    Dr Rebecca GlauertTelethon Kids Institute Centre for Linked Analytics and Social Policy
    Professor Susan PrescottTelethon Kids Institute/University of Western Australia The ORIGINS Project: A Healthy Start for a Better Future