Finding better treatments for childhood diseases

Finding better treatments for childhood diseases

King’s first dedicated children’s research facility opened in September 2016, thanks to the support of generous donors.

The Alex Mowat Paediatric Research Laboratories, known as the MowatLabs, can be found alongside the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s. They are used mainly for research into children’s liver disease and acute liver failure, and research into children’s respiratory medicine, gastro-related disorders, sickle cell disease and neuroscience is also carried out there.

Collaborative research and learning

The learning facilities in the new MowatLabs

The labs will bring together specialists in many areas to collaborate in their research, from clinicians to nurses, and surgeons to researchers.

The MowatLabs also includes a dedicated space to be used for teaching and education, attracting the brightest students and academics of the future to come to work at King’s.

King’s is a world-leader in children’s liver care, treating over 3,000 young patients and performing more than 60 transplants a year. Many of the world-first medical breakthroughs in paediatric liver care have followed on from the leading work undertaken by the King’s team.

The laboratories are named in memory of the late Professor Alex Mowat, who worked at King’s from 1970 to 1995 as the hospital’s first Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist. Professor Mowat was instrumental in the introduction of new techniques and treatments, including the development of liver transplantation in children.

The new MowatLabs at King's

Making all the difference

‘This fantastic new facility will make all the difference to our patients,’ says Professor Anil Dhawan, Clinical Director for Child Health at King’s. ‘It will help us develop new therapies and treatments for acutely unwell children.

‘We are already working on a number of exciting new projects in the new laboratories, which has been made possible by extremely generous donations from key supporters.’

It’s thanks to wonderful donations that King’s can provide state-of-the-art facilities like this, helping to advance research into childhood diseases. Find out more about how you can get involved and ensure that we can keep supporting this important work.