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Thanks to your generous donations, the Children’s Hospital Foundation is extremely pleased to support Australia’s largest paediatric sepsis study.  As a proud partner of the Medical Research Future Fund Genomics Health Futures Mission, an investment of more than $2.6 million has been awarded to this study.

Sepsis is a leading cause of death and disability in adults and children and occurs when the body’s response to infection becomes so severe that organs start shutting down. The recognition of sepsis can be challenging and there is an urgent need for improved diagnostic tests.

This three-year study, led by Luregn Schlapbach, Queensland Children’s Hospital paediatric intensive care specialist and Associate Professor at The University of Queensland, will investigate how different genes in the body are activated or deactivated during a sepsis infection, with the goal of reducing the time it takes to diagnose the life-threatening condition.  The study will commence in July and paediatric intensive care teams from across Australia will be invited to participate.

With your ongoing and generous support, we will continue to invest in life-saving medical research to achieve faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses and injuries.