Finding cures for children's genetic diseases

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Injection of funding a welcome boost

21/Feb/2011  

The Children’s Medical Research Institute today welcomed the NSW Liberals and Nationals commitment to provide $20 million to fund the CMRI’s Westmead redevelopment.

Roger Reddel, Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of the CMRI said "This commitment is a huge boost to children's health and medical research as well as the economic and social infrastructure of Western Sydney.

"It will enable us to start the first stage of a major redevelopment at Westmead, leading to 450 new jobs and 90 research doctorate training positions for Western Sydney over the next 10 years.

"Given that one in 20 children is born with a congenital abnormality or genetic disease, today's announcement is also positive news for our supporters, including the millions who participate in our Jeans for Genes® campaign, as it adds momentum to our research on preventing and treating conditions such as cancer and epilepsy."

CMRI is a leading member of the Westmead Research Hub. This major medical research precinct is home to national and international research and industry collaborations, more than 900 research and support staff, and more than 250 PhD students.

“Our Westmead redevelopment is designed to cement Western Sydney’s place as the home of world-leading research facilities. By expanding our laboratory space, over time we will achieve the critical mass of researchers required to realise our potential and take our discoveries to the next level for the benefit of our children and their families,” said Professor Reddel.

“If they are elected in March, we look forward to working with the NSW Liberals and Nationals to make this exciting expansion of our facilities a reality.

”We also look forward to continuing our proud involvement in the Western Sydney community.”