Getting a closer look

Members of the SCH1/MCCCC project team recently toured the existing Children’s Cancer Institute’s (CCI) laboratories to learn about the specialised processes and systems used to help inform cancer research, including storage requirements for samples, cancer cell identification techniques, and use of robots to increase efficiencies.

The tour also provided an opportunity for team members to gain a deeper understanding of how the Minderoo Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre (MCCCC), which will be located on levels 3 to 6 of the new hospital building and also within the UNSW Health Translation Hub, will help transform the treatment of childhood cancer by optimising the collaborative space and joint processes for scientists, clinicians and educators within a close-knit multi–disciplinary centre.

The future MCCCC will include state-of-the-art wet and dry laboratory spaces; education, training and research spaces; patient and family focused retreat areas; and oncology unit/s.


  • CCI and Sydney Children’s Hospital share an almost 40-year history of working collaboratively to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical trials and clinical care.
  • The new MCCCC will be Australia’s first Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre of its kind.
  • CCI holds the largest collection of paediatric oncology specimens in the southern hemisphere.