Life Saving & Life Changing Research at Starship

The Starship Foundation and Starship Child Health are delighted to announce a significant investment in clinical research & innovation.

The Foundation is now supporting 21 clinical research projects, an investment of over $2 million. The projects tackle a broad range of important health challenges, including the high incidence of teenage suicide and depression, the incidence of brain injury and neurodevelopmental delays in infants requiring life-saving heart surgery, poor dental health in New Zealand's preschool children as well as respiratory diseases, diabetes and kidney transplantation.

Thanks to your generosity, clinical research at Starship will improve the detection, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness; improvements that will help deliver better health and brighter futures for children throughout New Zealand.


Genomic technologies in paediatric neurogenetic disease

World-leading research in genetic testing to diagnose, treat and prevent inherited brain and muscle disease.

Identifying the risk factors for poor dental health in young children

Thousands of New Zealand pre-school children each year are requiring extraction of teeth. We want to put a stop to that.

Acceptability of electronic screener YouthCHAT for young people and its comparison with HEEADSSS

A study to look at early detection and better treament for young people with psychological problems.

Transnasal Humidified Rapid-Insufflation Ventilatory Exchange (THRIVE) to ventilate paediatric patients undergoing microlyngoscopy and bronchoscopy

Safer operating ways for children undergoing complicated airway operations

Pulse oximetry screening to detect critical congenital heart disease in newborn infants: a study assessing feasibility of a national screening programme

A straight-forward screening tool for babies so critical heart disease isn't missed.

The importance of mean arterial blood pressure in the development of brain injury in infants requiring cardiac surgery

The role blood pressure plays in avoiding brain injury for children undergoing critical heart surgery. 

A retrospective audit of patients diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in New Zealand from 2000 to 2015

An early step towards understanding mitochondrial disease in New Zealand

Researching a treatment to prevent hospital admissions for preschool wheeze

The most common cause for hospital admissions in preschool aged children is wheeze. Ground-breaking research is trying to change that.