Chronic or severe disease not only presents a raft of immediate health challenges for children, but can also impact significantly on overall development and well-being.
Chronic and Severe Diseases in children require very different investigation and treatment to similar conditions in adults.
Childhood cancers, diabetes, respiratory conditions and rare diseases can be debilitating and often life threatening. Effective intervention and prevention requires an understanding of the complex interactions between genetic and environmental factors, as well as a focus on better ways of diagnosing, treating and controlling disease at the individual and population level.
There are four key program areas within this Research Focus Area: