Children’s Burn Injury Biobank

Our focus in the Children’s Biobank study is to understand all of the impacts of burn injury on a child and their family, not just the visible ones. To do this, our Perth Children’s Hospital research team collects clinical data and biological samples (stool, urine, blood, and hair) to analyse the cortisol (stress) levels in the patients and their caregivers during injury and post-burn.

We are thrilled to share that we have reached another milestone and have now had over 350 children (patients) and their caregivers participate in the study. This is an incredible achievement, and we would like to thank the research team for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the Biobank continues to progress so that we can reach our end goal of 500 participants.

Most importantly, we want to thank our burn families who, even in the most challenging times, are so selfless in wanting to help us continue to expand the body of knowledge so that we can make tomorrow better for all burn patients now and in the future. We want to send all 350+ of you our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

The Biobank is a longitudinal study, meaning that the research will continue over a long period, enabling us to repeat data collection and observe the differences in cortisol and different points of burn injury. However, our current data provides important information, including the common causes of childhood burn injuries that present to the burn service in Western Australia.

To continue raising burns awareness within our community, we wanted to use this recruitment milestone as an opportunity to share the top five causes of burn injury of patients who have participated in our biobank study as of July 2023.

  1. Scald
  2. Contact
  3. Flame
  4. Electrical
  5. Chemical

We will continue to update our community as the study progresses. To learn more about the Biobank and our current research projects, check out the research tab on the website or click here. 

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