Research at Children’s Health Queensland plays a vital role in protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of Queensland’s children and young people. Our research endeavours are supported by strategic partnerships with government, leading universities, health and social services, as well as commercial and non-government organisations. Together, we drive clinically impactful research that delivers significant clinical outcomes for Queensland children and their families.
Our valued partnerships with The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, the Translational Research Institute, the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners (part of the Australian Health Research Alliance), and Children’s Hospital Foundation are integral to the delivery of translational paediatric research across the state.
Centre for Children’s Health Research
The Centre for Children’s Health Research is built on a partnership between Queensland Health, Children’s Health Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, the Translational Research Institute and Pathology Queensland.
The centre was Queensland’s first integrated research facility dedicated to generating internationally competitive research for advances in child and adolescent health. Co-located with Queensland’s only tertiary and quaternary paediatric hospital, the Queensland Children’s Hospital, the nine-level centre houses wet and dry laboratories, pathology services and clinical research facilities. This infrastructure supports close collaboration between researchers, scientists and clinical staff, as well as consumers involved in clinical research projects and trials.
The centre houses our clinician researchers and child health experts from the following institutions.
Researchers at QUT’s Faculty of Health collaborate closely with clinicians and health professionals to ensure their research is meeting emerging needs and providing solutions that can have instant impacts. QUT conducts clinical trials and investigations in biomechanics and spine research, cough, airways and asthma, burns and trauma, child and reproductive health, paediatric exercise and nutrition, palliative and supportive care, and addiction and ePsychology.
The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is a unique, Australian-first initiative of “bench to bedside” medical research. TRI combines clinical and translational research to advance progress from laboratory discovery to application in the community. It was founded by The University of Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology, Mater Medical Research Institute and Queensland Health.
The University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre brings together leading researchers to tackle global challenges in child and adolescent health. It comprises research groups who conduct studies across the spectrum of health – child nutrition, maternal health and neonatal health, burns and trauma, respiratory disease, environmental health, social and emotional wellbeing, cerebral palsy and rehabilitation, and more.
Children’s Health Research Alliance
The Children’s Health Research Alliance was established in 2016 as a joint venture between Children’s Health Queensland and Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Alliance identifies research priorities that align with the research and service capabilities of Children’s Health Queensland and its partners, to improve the burden of childhood disease in Queensland.
The Alliance encourages and supports the undertaking of world-class paediatric research in Queensland, especially research that supports the delivery of paediatric services across the state by Children’s Health Queensland.
These research activities are focused on evidence-based research priorities determined by the Board of the Alliance in alignment with Children’s Health Queensland’s research strategy.
The Alliance aims to:
- transform health outcomes for children and young people
- make a major contribution to global research
- build research capacity in targeted research areas, and
- reduce the burden of disease on the health system and broader economy.
The members of the Children’s Health Research Alliance Board include:
- Professor Allan Cripps AO, Independent Chair
- Cheryl Herbert, Children’s Health Queensland Board member
- Associate Professor Leanne Johnston, Children’s Health Queensland nominee
- Dr Michelle Hannan, Children’s Hospital Foundation Board member
- Associate Professor Frank Tracey, Children’s Health Queensland Health Service Chief Executive
- Rosie Simpson, Children’s Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer
- Associate Professor Andy Moore, Children’s Health Queensland Director of Research