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Monday, 12 March 2001

The Hon. Robert Carr, M.P. Opens New Research Complex At Sch,R

On Wednesday, 14 March 2001, The Hon. Robert Carr, M.P., Premier, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Citizenship, will officially open the Sydney Children's Hospital Research Complex, comprising The Westfield Research Laboratory sponsored by The Westfield Foundation and the Strasser Research Laboratory, sponsored by the Strasser Foundation.

The newly refurbished laboratories will provide state-of-the-art facilities, creating an environment where research can be conducted which will enhance treatments for many childhood diseases. They will also provide facilities to ensure the most up-to-date training of surgeons in the Surgical Skills Laboratory.

The new facilities provide vital locations for clinicians and research staff to conduct cutting edge research into paediatric specialities including immunology, genetics, respiratory disorders and neurological diseases to find better methods of treatment to benefit seriously ill children from all over NSW and beyond.

Professor Anne Cunningham, Director of Research, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick said: 'Over the past 30 years, we have achieved many world firsts at Sydney Children's Hospital which have made an impact worldwide. The new research facilities mark a new era for the Hospital - we intend Sydney Children's Hospital to be a major player in paediatric research internationally.'

In a relatively short space of time the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick has become a paediatric centre of excellence * achieving major breakthroughs and advances in the field of paediatric medicine and surgery. Examples of some of these achievements include: reduction in HIV transmission from mother to child, mapping the origins of epileptic brain activity in children resistant to conventional treatments, the first successful bone marrow transplants in Australia and the establishment of the Australian Cord Blood Bank, pioneering paediatric pain research, developing new techniques in the surgery of the unborn child, piloting chemotherapy regimens on children with brain tumours and improving outcomes for the treatment of children with asthma.

For Further Information Contact:

Holly Bradshaw, Foundation Media Liaison Manager Tel: 9382 1188 Mob: 0414 821 187

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