School of Paediatrics and Child Health

Centre for Neonatal Research

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Research Electives

We welcome medical students from other institutions to join us for elective terms of up to six weeks.


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Team Members:

Areas of Research:

  • Respiratory physiology and ventilation
  • Neonatal cardiology
  • Nutrition, lactation and gastrointestinal disease
  • Infection, inflammation and immunology
  • Neurodevelopment and long term outcome

Research Overview:

CNRE researchers have undertaken numerous studies funded mainly by national and international funding agencies such as the National Health and Medical Research Council and National Institutes of Health. Preclinical research into neonatal ventilation methods has been translated into changes in care of preterm infants. Studies of the use of probiotics in preterm infants have resulted in clinical guidelines now in place in at least two hospitals in Australia. Several follow up studies of preterm infants as children has identified long term neurodevelopmental outcomes of prematurity as well as outcomes from interventions such as fish oil supplementation.

Present Research:

Current preclinical work includes further studies of ventilation methods for preterm infants. CNRE researchers are also conducting trials examining the impact of treating seizures, development of immunity, delayed umbilical cord clamping, and prevention of Bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Future Research:

A team of CNRE researchers and eastern states colleagues submitted a proposal for an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, entitled ‘Improving the Immediate and Longer-Term Health Outcomes of Premature Infants’. This proposal was short-listed for interview. If successful, funding will commence in late 2013.


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