Interventional Immunology in Early Life Diseases

Nold group

Inflammation is the driver of most newborn disease, particularly in preterm babies. Early diagnosis of the underlying cause of inflammation in newborns is difficult and there are limited safe and effective treatments. The Nold team is developing novel diagnostics and treatments to close this gap for vulnerable newborns. 

Overview | Inflammation in newborns

Preterm delivery exposes 13.4 million babies worldwide and around 26,000 in Australia to serious early-life diseases every year. Inflammation is a major driver of newborn disease and is of critical importance in 13 of the 16 leading causes of death for children under the age of five worldwide. Newborns who survive are at risk for a range of short and long-term disabilities.

The Nold group of clinicians and scientists aim to better understand how inflammation drives newborn and early-life diseases of the premature heart and lung such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), pulmonary hypertension associated with BPD (BPD-PH) and necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) affecting the immature gut.

Their goal is to generate novel immunological insights in the field of newborn and early-life disease, which will assist in the design of new diagnostic techniques and underpin the development of innovative anti-inflammatory drugs. The mission is to advance in the care of infants and children, making a life-long difference to the lives of vulnerable infants.

“Our goal is to progress the development of safe and effective therapies that give pediatric patients a chance for the healthy and happy future they deserve.” Professor Claudia Nold

+ Read more

Diseases we research

Areas of focus

  • Novel anti-inflammatory therapies to improve child health
  • Diagnostic innovations for preterm babies, our tiniest patients

Student opportunities


Publication highlights

Our research group is keen to discuss funding opportunities

Support our research