Preterm birth is the single greatest cause of death and disability in children. My research is focused on the causes and treatment options for conditions and diseases that commonly affect newborns and children, including prematurity, intrauterine growth restriction, brain injury and neonatal lung disease.

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Professor Stuart Hooper

Areas of interest

Birth asphyxia Cerebral Palsy Fetal growth restriction (FGR) Preterm birth

Research group

Fetal and Neonatal Health


Following completion of a BSc with Honours and a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology at Monash University, Professor Stuart Hooper completed postdoctoral training in fetal development at Monash University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Aligned with The Ritchie Centre’s Fetal and Neonatal Health Research group, Professor Hooper established the Fetal and Neonatal Laboratory to apply synchrotron technology to progress understanding of the physiology of fetal and neonatal lung development and the factors that regulate the transition to air breathing at birth. By understanding these changes, it will become possible to moderate the impact of pre-term birth and other problems such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, on the health of the infant after birth; a diaphragmatic hernia allows abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity during fetal life, which causes the lungs to stop growing.

Professor Hooper has published more than 250 research and review scientific articles. He is a past president of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and is currently the lead Investigator on a NHMRC Program Grant ($8.5M) and a USA NIH RO1 grant ($1.7M US).

Milking the benefits – umbilical cord clamping done safely
Trial shows delayed cord clamping difference
Preparing healthcare providers for possible cord-clamp change

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