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Co-Head, Brain Tumour Research


Professor Nick Gottardo co-leads the Brain Tumour Research Programme at the Telethon Kids Institute. He is also Head of the Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology/Haematology Department and the Stan Perron Chair in Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Prof Gottardo is driven by his belief that it’s unacceptable for children to die from tumours. The Brain Tumour Research Programme focuses on testing novel therapies using model systems that more closely recapitulate the human disease, to test the effectiveness of new treatments for childhood brain tumours, so that the most promising therapies can be taken through to the clinic.

Nick is also the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology/Oncology Group, the peak professional body for paediatric oncologists and health professionals who care for children with cancer and the national cooperative clinical trials group for childhood cancer. He leads several international clinical trials, including the front-line clinical trial for WNT subgroup medulloblastoma patients for the US based Children’s Oncology Group. He also sits on the Executive and Steering committees for the COllaborative Network for NEurooncology Clinical Trials (CONNECT) Collaborative, an international paediatric Neurooncology clinical trials group.

In recognition of his contribution to childhood cancer research and clinical care he has been awarded numerous awards, most notably, finalist for Western Australian of the Year in 2018, the Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Collaborative Collaborator of the Year (2019) and Cancer Council Western Australia Researcher of the Year (2022).

Find Professor Gottardo on ORCID.