A new clinical reach facility for children and young adults has been officially opened at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales this week by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Vaughan Gething.
The Children and Young Adults Research Unit (CYARU), which is the first of its kind in Wales, will be a place for people to come who wish to develop and engage in high quality child health research.
The CYARU offers the first protected research space for under 18s in Wales and offers significant potential to expand and enhance the current levels of research and development within paediatric services across Wales.
Studies supported by the CYARU will offer access to state of the art therapies otherwise not available to the Children of Wales.
The CYARU Unit became operational in April 2017 and has undertaken its first trial with the RHINO study. (http://rhino-health.org/)
The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded the RHINO study, which is the largest study of preterm born children in the world, led by Professor Sailesh Kotecha from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.
The recently published Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) State of Child Health 2017 Recommendations for Wales called for the development of a research capacity to drive improvements in children’s health. The Health Board is actively engaging with the RCPCH to help achieve this aim.
Dr Sharon Hopkins, Director of Public Health and Deputy CEO at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “We have an ambitious plan for Child Health research in Wales to complement the research plan Welsh Government has for the whole of Wales.
“Research undertaken in this facility will help Wales make a positive contribution to global wellbeing.
“Paediatric research hosted and developed at the CYARU has the potential to have a major impact on the health and well-being of not just children and young people not just locally but nationally and internationally.”
Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething said: “I’m delighted to see a facility for paediatric research open here in Wales. The CYARU will help develop the excellent care and support already provided for children and their families here at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital.
“The health research community in Wales has a critical role to play in unlocking a wealth of knowledge and develop treatments that will benefit the future health of our children. I’m confident this unit will make a significant contribution to health research here in Wales, and around the world.”
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