An ambitious collaboration between three leading medical research institutes and three child cancer centres has been formed to accelerate progress in the fight against childhood cancer.
The Kids Cancer Alliance will work towards better diagnosis and treatment of cancers that affect children, with the support of a $6.5 million Translational Cancer Research Centre Grant from Cancer Institute NSW.
Last year, Thinc Health consultants Dale McMahon and Roger Carthey prepared a feasibility study for the initiative, liaising with the various stakeholders and managing their requirements within a tight timeframe.
“It’s tremendous to see the official green light given to the Kids Cancer lliance, a little over a year on from our involvement in the project,” McMahon says.
“The Kids Cancer Alliance has the potential to make a real difference to kids and young people affected by cancer, not least because it brings together all the top experts working in the field in New South Wales.
“It was great for Thinc to be able to play a role in such an inspiring project.”
As a translational research initiative, the Kids Cancer Alliance will develop new diagnostic tests, therapies and models of care by translating the latest research into clinical applications – a “bench to bedside” approach.
The collaboration is composed of the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research, the Children’s Medical Research Institute, the Kids Research Institute, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (Randwick and Westmead) and John Hunter Children’s Hospital, with significant input from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.