Our Research

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 Queensland 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.

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.