The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation invests in evidence-based research aiming to improve the health of pregnant women, babies and children. Our commitment to research greatly enhances the capacity of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network to deliver faster diagnosis, earlier intervention, new treatments and improvements to care for South Australia’s women and children.
Research Funding Opportunities
Each year, we provide vital funding to health and medical research through the Bloom Research Program. The program promotes big thinking for the health and wellbeing of South Australia’s little people and their mums, funding projects aligning with priority research areas. At the heart of the Bloom Research Program is collaboration and uniting like-minded researchers with common goals to create greater possibilities for research outcomes. The WCH Foundation also provides funds in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and various specific-purpose projects and research funding.
See our Research Funding Opportunities page for information about current and upcoming opportunities.
Bloom Research Program
Investing $10 million over the next five years, we will support big thinking for the health and wellbeing of South Australia’s little people and their mums. Applications from researchers working in maternal and paediatric health and wellbeing, with projects aligning with priority research areas, will be encouraged.
Research Helping Mums Sustain Breastfeeding
We’ve funded research by Dr Amy Keir to establish improved breastfeeding support for women with late preterm babies. The multidisciplinary team includes Lactation Consultants Susie Jones, Laura Summers and Jess Ramsay. The research has shaped a greater understanding of the challenges families and healthcare professionals face in providing breast milk to babies born early and how to overcome them.
Type 1 diabetes in children
In a recent study led by Dr Megan Penno, an investigation was conducted into the development of dysglycaemia (abnormally fluctuating glucose levels) using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in very young children. Our study is the first of its kind characterising changes in glucose patterns using CGM prior to the clinical onset of T1D in children aged one to seven years at increased risk of the disease.
Paediatric CAR-T Cancer Immunotherapy Research Project
Professor Simon Barry from the Hospital’s research team. in partnership researchers from Carina Biotech, our Foundation is raising funds in support of a new immunotherapy project targeting a treatment for solid cell cancerous tumours in children.
The Impact of Medical Research
Meet Dr Nigel Farrow: an inspirational researcher your funding supports.
“I’m trying to find a cure for the airway disease associated with cystic fibrosis. I didn’t want to be one of those parents who sits back and asks, ‘when is it going to happen?’. My response was let’s get in and make it happen,” Dr Nigel Farrow said.
Obesity and Influenza Vaccine
In Australia, more than 25% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Obesity is known to increase the severity of influenza (flu) infection, but little is known about its impact on flu vaccine responses in children. A prospective study funded by the WCH Foundation shaped a better understanding of this. It showed that obesity didn’t impair the vaccine response at six months following vaccination and that adequate vaccine responses were observed across obese and non-obese groups of children.