The National Children’s Research Centre is indebted to the many donors who raise funds through the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF) to enable research to be carried out. At the NCRC, our research is driven by real, clinical questions, and it in turn drives improvements in clinical care. Today’s research is tomorrow’s standard of care; this is particularly true when we are dealing with young vulnerable and sick children.
The NCRC funds high quality research in a number of prioritized areas of real importance to childhood health. Not only are all projects reviewed by international experts in the field, but we also seek to ensure that the funded projects have the potential to improved outcomes for children. This can be in improved diagnostics, understanding of disease mechanisms or in potential new or improved treatments.
We closely monitor the outputs from each research project; the main output from scientific and medical research is the production of Peer Reviewed Papers. These papers are the means by which the international research community shares new findings and ensures that these findings are adapted into clinical and scientific practice. Additionally, the results are presented at International Meetings where they are discussed among experts in the field. Clinical studies also provide the evidence base for changing or adapting clinical practice, so that influencing policy is also a research outcome. Also, training of young paediatricians and scientists in paediatric research is an important part of the NCRC also, to ensure that the next generation has the cutting edge skills required to be the future generation of researchers. Therefore, the completion of higher degrees is a further outcome of our research programmes. The yearly monitoring of all research projects and their outputs are included in our Annual Reports. Finally, researchers funded by us are encouraged to use the funding as leverage to obtain grants from other agencies to continue the research, and this is considered another measure of success.
Our prioritized areas, based on relevance to key issues in childhood health are:
Please click the menus on the left for some examples of project within each of these areas.