Research and Clinical Partners

The Zero Childhood Cancer Program (ZERO) involves unprecedented collaboration between researchers and clinicians.

The ZERO program builds upon a 30-year history of translational research collaboration between Children’s Cancer Institute and the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital), the laboratory and clinical ZERO program leaders, respectively.  The strength and power of this translational pipeline between the Institute and our clinical colleagues have been showcased in back-to-back articles in The Lancet (381:1804-4 and 381: 1807-7, 2013), highlighting this partnership as an exemplar of how child cancer translational research should be conducted on the international stage. 

ZERO is a true team effort, involving research and clinical partners throughout Australia as well as several major centres in the USA and Europe.   

ZERO is open at every major paediatric oncology centre in Australia who provide treatment to the 1000+ children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer every year. Since the ZERO national clinical trial opened in September 2017, close to 400 children with high risk cancer have been enrolled and the results to date have been remarkable. Building on the extraordinary success of this first three years of the national trial, we will now expand access to and enhance the program over the next 5 years. The expansion of the trial has been made possible as a result of funding support by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative (EPCDR) and the Minderoo Foundation’s Collaborate Against Cancer Initiative, announced in April 2020. 

Map of Australia showing locations where the Zero Childhood Cancer program is available

By the end of 2023, all Australian children and young people with cancer will be able to benefit from ZERO, regardless of the cancer they have. For the first time, every child diagnosed with cancer will have access to personalised medicine. 

ZERO’s research and clinical partners include all eight of Australia’s children’s hospitals, as well as 23 national and international research partners.  

The Australian ZERO national research institute partners represent subject matter expertise across all areas of medical research, from discovery biology to health implementation research. ZERO has actively sought and nurtured collaborations with key experts in areas of greatest need to accelerate the translation of research into children’s cancer care. 

Internationally, ZERO has established strong collaborations in the field of paediatric cancer research with a shared goal of accelerating progress through knowledge exchange and research partnerships.  

These partnerships will continue to drive research progress in areas of greatest need for children with cancer, and ZERO will actively pursue new partnerships to drive the research objectives of this program. 

All research and clinical partners 


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