28 August 2020 Featured News

National infectious disease research extended thanks to funding boost

We are proud to support Queensland Children’s Hospital paediatric infectious disease specialist and University of Queensland academic, Adam Irwin, who is leading a national study exploring treatment options for some of the most serious multi-drug resistant infections in children that affect around 300 Queensland children each year.

Thanks to early funding of this research program, granted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Dr Irwin has gone on to receive $447,600 further funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to extend his important research.

“I am delighted to receive significant funding over the next five years from the National Health and Medical Research Council, and their funding of this project is in no small part thanks to the initial support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation,” Dr Irwin said.

Dr Irwin’s research will study the epidemiology and outcomes of Gram-negative bloodstream infections in children, and provide evidence to guide the treatment of these infections in the largest children’s hospitals across the country.

The research findings will be utilised to design and undertake trials testing antibiotic strategies for children with these infections. To date, few such trials have been conducted.

Dr Irwin was awarded an Innovator Grant by the Children’s Hospital Foundation in January 2020, thanks to the support of the Federal Government.

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