The youngest and brightest minds are searching for answers

30 Nov 1999

Young scientists and clinicians have received research grants totalling $200,000 to improve the lives of kids with a childhood illness. 

Thanks to the Small Grants Program, a joint initiative of Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation (SCHF) and Kids Research at the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, 10 early and mid-career researchers can now advance their innovative research ideas to deliver better health outcomes for sick children and their families. 

Research delivers the answers to the biggest challenges in children’s health, especially for future generations. Whether it is the next major breakthrough through prevention, treatment and cures or identifying new pathways to make life easier for children living with a chronic illness, genetic disease or disability. 

“Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation invests in research innovation across the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network and we believe it is important to encourage the development of early career researchers. We send our congratulations to the recipients and we look forward to hearing about their findings and outcomes.” – Nicola Stokes, CEO to SCHF. 


SCHF congratulates the recipients of the 2021 Small Grants Program: 

Andrew Fyffe: A comparison of graded exercise testing protocols for children and adolescents with concussion. 

Arthavan Selvanathan: A coordinated approach to the implementation of high-dose intramuscular hydroxocobalamin therapy in a New South Wales cohort of patients with cobalamin C deficiency. 

Erica Tsang: Investigating the multi-omic and gut microbiome effects of the ketogenic diet in children with epilepsy. 

Hiba Jibeile: Identifying adolescents with or at risk of mental health concerns during obesity treatment. 

Lisa Ewans: Resolving complex structural variation to boost rare genetic disorder diagnosis. 

Lucinda Lee: Functional genomics for Loeys-Dietz syndrome. 

Michaela Yuen:  yoD-myogenesis for RNA-diagnostics of muscle genes in undiagnosed families. 

Nan Hu: The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric health service use.  

Nusrat Homaira: CARE FROM HOME: Comprehensive community-based care coordination for management of paediatrics asthma (CoMPAs study). 

Suzanne Nevin: An implementation trial of a co-designed psychological intervention tailored to support families of a child with a genetic developmental and epileptic encephalopathy. 

This vital funding was made possible thanks to generous philanthropic support from across our Movement of Many including individual donations, gifts in Wills and funds raised by the community. 

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