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World-leading research centre opens in Western Sydney

A new seven-storey research tower extension of Children’s Medical Research Institute was officially opened at Westmead on Friday 22 August, 2014.

It’s the first of a five-stage rebuild of the Institute will more than double the medical research capability of CMRI by adding laboratory space for an additional 120 scientists to conduct research.

“Many of our core research programs have developed to the stage where they will greatly benefit from the enhanced capabilities that this new facility will provide, and the expertise that can now be recruited, leading to better and faster translation of research discoveries into improved health for children,” CMRI Director Professor Roger Reddel said.

The building opening was also a celebration of the vision and commitment of Sir Lorimer Dods, a leading paediatrician and researcher at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown, and was the driving force behind the establishment of Children’s Medical Research Foundation in 1958.

The Foundation was to become the CMRI and is Australia’s first paediatric institute. Its achievements include increasing survival rates for premature babies and helping introduce rubella vaccinations.

The building was opened with help from NSW Premier Mike Baird, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton.

The NSW Government spent $20 million to help fund the expansion.

“The people of Western Sydney are rightly proud of the reputation Westmead has for outstanding health care and medical research,” Mr Baird said.

“From Westmead Hospital, to the Children’s Medical Research Institute, Westmead is a beacon of excellence across the state and nation.

“The NSW Government will continue to fund hospitals, health facilities and medical research organisations to ensure the best outcomes for the people of our great state, now and for decades to come.”