Dr Peter Wejbora
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The origins of the Children’s Cancer Institute stem from The Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Foundation which was established in May 1976 by a dedicated group of parents and doctors of children with cancer. The Foundation started by funding a number of research projects, but over time was able to attract increasing public support and the first dedicated research laboratories of what was to become Children’s Cancer Institute opened in 1984, employing three founding scientists, one of whom was Professor Haber, the Institute’s Executive Director. From these humble beginnings, Children’s Cancer Institute has developed into one of the world’s leading child cancer research centres, and has played a pioneering role in translating its research from the laboratory to the clinic. Today Children’s Cancer Institute remains the only independent medical research institute in Australia solely devoted to research into the causes, prevention, improved treatments and, ultimately, cures for different forms of childhood cancer.
A key factor of our success is the co-location of the Institute in a clinical/research environment, initially in the grounds of Sydney Children’s Hospital, and now in the adjacent $100m Lowy Cancer Research Centre, on the campus of the University of New South Wales, which has facilitated the development of a highly functional translational pipeline that is built on a unique partnership between basic scientists and clinicians, aimed at driving improvements in health outcomes for children with cancer. Paediatric oncologists from Sydney Children’s Hospital are embedded in the research programs at the Institute, and translational research meetings involving clinicians, scientists, nurses and allied health staff are routinely held.
Children’s Cancer Institute is formally affiliated with UNSW and is a founding partner of the Kids Cancer Alliance, a state wide collaboration linking clinical and research centres of excellence in NSW, to improve the care of children with cancer.