New Partnership for Paediatric Research

Monday 23 January 2023

Here at NIHR CYP MedTech, we are committed to working together as a research community to transform child health through technology and innovation. We’re pleased to share our involvement in a new research project with Great Ormond Street Hospital, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

This project brings together the world-leading expertise and resources that place each of these organisations at the forefront of child health research. The Paediatric Excellence Initiative will employ this diverse array of expertise to carry out pioneering research that aims to discover novel treatments for children with complex and rare diseases across the world. The initiative will be underpinned by five key research themes:

  • Gene Stem and Cellular Therapies will develop novel therapies for childhood cancers and immunological, blood, brain, neuromuscular, skin and metabolic conditions.
  • Genomic Medicine will focus on using technology and analysis of large datasets to improve diagnosis and help develop treatments.
  • Accelerating Novel Therapies will bring in new medicines by delivering clinical trials and stem-cell based evaluation of therapies.
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine will develop new laboratory and surgical techniques to repair, replace or regenerate tissues and organs.
  • Applied Child Health Informatics will focus on improving the management of children with rare and/or complex conditions by using advanced data analysis methods.

Professor Paul Dimitri, Clinical Director of NIHR CYP MedTech and Professor of Child Health at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, says: “We are delighted to be a partner in the Paediatric Excellence Initiative that will have benefits for the health of young people across the world.

NIHR CYP MedTech will carry out work within the Applied Child Health Informatics theme. Our focus will be on developing novel devices and repurposing current devices to provide new accurate data in a useable format for paediatric practice, establishing novel pathways of care through data acquisition to reduce hospital admission, and improving trust in data sharing and device technology by involving patients and families.

This month, a fourth term of funding was awarded to the NIHR Great Ormond Street Hospital Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR GOSH BRC) to support this project. To find out more about this excellent research centre, please follow the link below.