About our Centre

Welcome to the UQ Child Health Research Centre 

Launched in 2015, the Child Health Research Centre (CHRC) brings together leading researchers to tackle global challenges in child and adolescent health. Our research aims to understand more about the health of children and the potential to prevent disease and disability before it even occurs.

With mounting evidence that long-term health is influenced by parental health during pre-conception and gestation and throughout a child’s early years, investing research effort into children’s health is critical.

UQ CHRC encompasses a number of research groups undertaking research across the full spectrum of children’s health - from maternal health and neonatal health, burns and trauma, respiratory disease, cerebral palsy and rehabilitation, through to environmental health along with social and emotional wellbeing. These groups work collaboratively within the centre, across UQ, and alongside industry, government and research partners to understand the factors that ensure health in childhood and to prevent and treat disease and disability.

No matter what our individual research groups are focused on – our collective vision is the same: to prevent disease and disability before it occurs, thereby giving children the gift of life-long health.

We want to resolve the big questions to benefit our smallest people.

Best wishes,

Professor Karen Moritz
Child Health Research Centre

Mission and vision

Our vision is to be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in child health research that is driven by clinical problems and produces outcomes that directly improve the health of children. We aim to achieve this by working collaboratively and constructively with our partners in the CCHR building: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ).

Our Mission is to:

  • undertake research that addresses important clinical challenges in the area of child health;
  • produce research outcomes that offer the opportunity for immediate translation to improvements in child health;
  • collaborate with QUT and CHQ child health researchers; and
  • contribute to education and training of child health researchers and practitioners.

Our partners

UQ CHRC works closely with other research groups within the Centre for Children’s Health Research building, based at the Queensland Children's Hospital, to place Queensland at the forefront of child and adolescent health research.

The $134 million Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR) is an initiative of Queensland Health and is the largest capital investment in child and adolescent health research in Queensland. 

The vision for the CCHR to be a centre for excellence has been achieved by housing health researchers in one location, right next to the state’s specialist paediatric and teaching hospital – in line with international best practice. The goal is to translate research findings into better care and outcomes for patients. 

Partners in the centre include Children’s Health Queensland, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and the Translational Research Institute (TRI). The University of Queensland is also a partner in the CCHR through the UQ Child Health Research Centre.