Our research


The Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health within Sydney Medical School is located at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and provides the major focus in the hospital setting for medical research, teaching and innovations in postgraduate and undergraduate education.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead is a leading institution in children's clinical research, focussing on turning today's research into tomorrow's medicine.

The Kids Research at the Children's Hospital at Westmead is a member of the Westmead Research Hub, with close links with other research facilities on campus such as The Westmead Institute based at Westmead Hospital (an adult facility) and the Children's Medical Research Institute.

Research is intrinsic to delivering excellence in clinical care. There is a thriving research environment at Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School, covering research areas related to child health including cell biology, clinical physiology, clinical studies, medical education, epidemiology and population health. We are highly successful in achieving funding from international and national granting agencies. Our grant income, a standard measure of research activity, has doubled over the past three years. More importantly, our research has directly and rapidly resulted in significant health benefits for our patients, their families and the community. We have a dedicated childhood clinical trials program which is rapidly expanding.

Our research leaders are strong advocates for their patients through direct involvement with government, within the community, among their peers, as mentors for early career clinicians and scientists and through high quality research that generates significant health outcomes for children.

The Discipline currently supports over 60 postgraduate research students (mainly PhD students) who undertake research projects based at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. There are exciting opportunities for students to undertake research degrees though the University of Sydney across a large number of research areas.

Research groups led by Clinical School Staff
Professor Louise Baur Obesity Research Group
Associate Professor Patrina Caldwell Medical Education / Enuresis
Professor Russell Dale Neuroinflammation Research Unit
Professor Elizabeth Elliott Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit;
Centre for Evidence-based Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Professor Andrew Holland Children's Hospital Burns Research Institute
Professor Cheryl Jones Centre for Perinatal Infection Research
Professor Ben Marais Infectious Diseases
Professor Rachel Skinner Adolescent Medicine
Professor Kate Steinbeck Adolescent Medicine - Chair
Associate Professor Nicholas Wood NCIRS - Vaccine Research