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.
What is preterm birth?
How common is preterm birth?
Preterm baby complications
Treatment for premature babies
Long term effects of preterm birth
Our preterm birth research
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
New Head for The Ritchie Centre
Reducing brain damage in preterm babies
2021 NHMRC Ideas Grants success
Tackling inflammation to save our tiniest patients
Baby Jack’s story
NEC – a deadly gut disease
BPD – a devastating lung disease
Identifying keys to preventing cerebral palsy in premature babies
See more news articles about Preterm birth
Preterm birth collaborators
- Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance
- Monash Health
- Monash University – Callum Roberts, Rosemary Horne
- Safer Care Victoria
Support for people with preterm birth
Hudson Institute scientists cannot provide medical advice.
Find out more about preterm birth.
Keep up-to-date with our latest discoveries