2019/20 WA Child Research Fund recipients

The request for applications in December 2019 generated a great amount of interest and resulted in over 70 applications being received for the 2019/20 WA Child Research Fund (WACRF).

Following a panel review process, a total of $3.9 million was awarded for sixteen projects with grants ranging from $217,000 to $250,000.

The recipients and their project titles are listed below, together with the administering institution.

Coordinating Principal Investigator Institution Project
Dr Gail Alvares Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Preventative mental healthcare for young children with autism.
Dr Timothy Barnett Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Could an intracellular bacterial reservoir in the
tonsils account for recurrent episodes of Strep
throat and rheumatic fever?
Professor Meredith Borland Perth Children's Hospital PEAChY (Pharmacological Emergency management of Agitation in Children and Young people) trial.
Professor Meredith Borland Perth Children's Hospital How Can We Accurately Predict Cervical Spine Injuries in Children? Study Of Neck Injury Imaging in Children (SONIIC).
A/Professor Asha Bowen Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia From Bush & Bench to Policy & Practice: Evidence to
inform the primary prevention of Rheumatic Heart
Disease in WA Aboriginal children.
Dr Vanessa Fear Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Rapid and reliable rare disease diagnosis: developing a
new diagnostic pipeline for children with rare diseases.
Dr Amelia Harray Telethon Kids Institute Quality or Quantity: The Role of Carbohydrate in the Health of Children with Diabetes.
Professor Terrance Johns Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Development of a new therapy against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.
Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia A bacterial therapy to prevent otitis media - preparing for first-in-human studies.
Dr Ingrid Laing Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Unlocking mechanisms of age-relationships in rhinovirus-induced wheezing attacks; the key to identifying biomarkers of recurrent exacerbations in early life.
Dr David Martino Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia DNA Methylation Biomarkers of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Informing FASD diagnosis.
Dr Michael O'Sullivan Child and Adolescent Health Service Early peanut immunotherapy in children (EPIC).
Professor Jane Pillow Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Cognitive Improvement through early Restoration of cirCADian rhythms in very preterm Infants via Environmental Modification: The CIRCA DIEM Study.
Clin. Assoc Professor Mary Sharp Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Developing new approaches to predicting in-flight hypoxia in infants born preterm.
Ms Tarryn Sharp Murdoch University/WA Country Health Service Baby Coming You Ready?' Wheatbelt Regional Pilot.
Dr Jason Waithman Telethon Kids Institute on behalf of the Centre for Child Health Research, The University of Western Australia Developing next generation 'armoured' NK cells to treat leukaemia.