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Cure Kids announces funding for nine new research projects

16 December 2022

Cure Kids announces funding for nine new research projects

16 December 2022

Cure Kids is delighted to announce funding for nine new research projects designed to transform the health of children.

Cure Kids announces funding for nine new research projects

This year, Cure Kids received a record number of applications. Cure Kids' Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee has carefully considered all 41 proposals, along with independent reviews from other experts.

Cure Kids’ CEO Frances Benge says that NZ researchers proposed a range of innovative ideas in response to major paediatric health issues, but that the Committee selected the very best projects to fund in 2022. “We’re looking forward to seeing the difference this research will make for children in Aotearoa New Zealand,” says Benge.

The final decision is to award nine Project Grants totalling $1 million:

  • Dr Fiona Langridge & Dr Seini Taufa will develop a system to promote child protection in Tonga.
  • Dr Anna Howe & Dr Amber Young will investigate how enrolment of pēpi Māori in primary care could improve immunisation rates.
  • Dr Amy Scott-Thomas will develop a new non-invasive test for joint and bone infections in children.
  • Dr Alexandra Wallace will assess whether a shorter dose of steroids for preschool children is equally effective for treating asthma.
  • Rebecca Findlay will explore screening tests to increase the number of children who are prescribed glasses to improve their vision.
  • Assoc Prof Simon Swift will work on a novel treatment for severe bone infections in children.
  • Assoc Prof Mhoyra Fraser will develop a new test to detect brain injury in preterm babies through their mothers’ blood
  • Assoc Prof Sarah Hetrick & Dr Tania Cargo will adapt an online tool to enable safe conversations with teenagers about self-harm and suicide
  • Prof David Barker & Dr Lisa Pilkington will develop a new treatment for children with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Cure Kids would like to thank all these researchers, and their teams, for proposing innovative ideas with the potential to make a difference for child health, and our incredible donors for making this funding possible.