Medical research

“Medical research is expensive, but a child’s life is priceless.”

– Rosie Simpson
Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Foundation

Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official charity of the Centre for Children’s Health Research, and is committed to funding world-class research projects that ensure sick children receive the best possible care and treatment – not just in Queensland, but across Australia and around the world.

Brain cancer research

Sadly, one Australian child dies of brain cancer every nine days, taking the lives of more children than any other disease. The Children’s Hospital Foundation is committed to improving the outcomes for kids in Queensland, and across the country, battling brain cancer by investing $10million in new research.

Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has funded the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank – an openly accessible paediatric tumour tissue bank – since 2008. Thanks to the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank’s collection of paediatric tissue samples, doctors have been able to find answers and develop new treatments for children battling neuroblastoma.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

The Children’s Hospital Foundation funds research aiming to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youths, with a focus on social and emotional wellbeing, management of burns injuries and treatment of chronic respiratory conditions.

Burns research

Children with burn scars can now access groundbreaking laser treatment technology at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which can improve scars and remove the need for painful skin grafts. New treatments and therapies also allow children to heal faster and get home sooner.

Cardiac research

We are funding Australia’s largest cardiac study in children, which is changing the way open-heart surgeries are performed on kids around the country.

Cerebral palsy research

Every 15 hours, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy. It is the most common physical disability in childhood. We funded the research that saw Queensland kids with cerebral palsy become the first in Australia to benefit from a revolutionary rehabilitation program at home.

Cystic fibrosis and respiratory illnesses

Thanks to our researchers, the life expectancy of children with cystic fibrosis has doubled in the past 20 years. But, we still need to find a cure. Our researchers are also changing the way infants with bronchiolitis are admitted to hospital and treated.

Infectious diseases

Severe infections remain one of the leading causes of childhood deaths each year. We fund research to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of serious infectious diseases in children.

Mental health research

Researchers funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation are trialling a new therapy for young people experiencing anxiety and depression, as part of a major study of emotional disorders in adolescents.

Woolworths Centre for Childhood Nutrition Research

We recognise the need to invest in childhood nutrition if we are to safeguard the health of future generations, which is why we are investing $5 million to address key issues in childhood nutrition, including preventing and managing food allergies, diet, childhood eating behaviours and infant feeding.