Preterm birth is the single greatest cause of death and disability in children. About one million babies die each year due to complications from preterm birth and many who survive face long-term health problems.
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Hudson Institute researchers and their collaborators are investigating ways to prevent, reduce and treat complications related to preterm birth.
This important work aims to improve the function and potential of underdeveloped organs, such as the lung and brain, and in turn improve the child’s long-term prognosis.
Improving aeration of the lung at birth for preterm infants.
Preclinical studies and Clinical trials. Professor Stuart Hooper and his team aim to optimise the initial care of preterm infants immediately after delivery to support them as they commence life after birth.
The very first challenge they face is to aerate their lungs so that they can commence air breathing. However, the big challenge for doctors is how do they assist infants to aerate their lungs without injuring them as this can lead to life-long complications.
In collaboration with Monash Health clinicians, they are investigating how respiratory support given to premature infants can be optimised by, improving non-invasive support and by identifying techniques to stimulate preterm infants to breathe.
Improving breathing in newborns exposed to inflammation
Developing new anti-cytokine therapies for preventing brain injury in the preterm infant
Monitoring preterm babies’ brain oxygen levels
Treating preterm inflammation induced brain injury
Preterm birth news
Paving the way towards a new anti-inflammatory agent
Promising new treatment for incurable premature lung disease
New research shows placental stem cells could protect against preterm brain injury
Hope for babies starved of oxygen at birth
Placental stem cells may protect against effects of pre-term lung disease
Clamping the umbilical cord later saves preterm babies’ lives
Being born late preterm linked to increased heart disease risk in adulthood
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