Our research

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer. Our focus is on translational research, making sure our discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for kids with cancer as quickly as possible.

Our integrated team of researchers and clinicians make sure our research has relevance in hospitals throughout Australia.

Our programs and groups

Our research programs bring together recognised leaders in the field under a common aim of ultimately driving improved health outcomes for children with cancer. These programs look at understanding childhood cancer so we can prevent it occurring, search for more effective diagnoses, examine better and safer treatment options and ultimately find a cure for children affected by this disease. The overarching theme of our research is to find a more targeted and individualised approach to diagnostics and treatment. We focus on four broad areas to get the best results:

Our facilities

Our state-of-the-art labs are part of the world-renowned Lowy Cancer Research Centre at UNSW Sydney.

They are fully equipped for molecular and genetic research studies and include facilities for banking of human tumour specimens, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), microscopy, live cell imaging, proteomic analysis and real-time PCR analysis.

We also house the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Drug Discovery Centre, a unique facility dedicated to the development of new anti-cancer therapeutics.

research overview

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With world-class facilities and global collaborations with researchers and doctors, we drive discoveries into improved treatments as quickly as possible. 
Take a tour of our labs.

We are affiliated with UNSW Sydney. We collaborate with researchers and clinicians around the world and have close ties with Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and clinicians in every state. We are also a founding member of the Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA).