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Women and Babies Research

Philanthropic support building our research expertise.

A collection of researchers will develop their skills and establish crucial new collaborations following generous funding through the Skipper Charitable Trust. Six researchers have received a 2024 Beryl and Jack Jacobs Travel Award, enabling them to travel for conferences and work with experts across the globe. Academic Director Professor James Elliott was thrilled to announce the succes.....
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Category: Funding support, Research Excellence

Significant investment in our research announced.

A large collection of research projects will get off the ground following generous funding through the Ramsay Research and Teaching Fund Scheme. The scheme has directed more than $10 million to research on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus over the last 20 years, and this year a further $850,000 will be shared across 17 projects. A diverse range of studies will be supported, strength.....
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Category: Awards, Funding support, Research Excellence

Philanthropic support helping women with gestational diabetes and their babies.

Generous funding provided through the Douglas and Lola Douglas scholarship is strengthening evidence around the long term impacts on children born to mothers with obesity and gestational diabetes. Endocrinologist and Kolling Institute researcher Dr Tessa Weir has been able to continue her valuable research as a result of being awarded the scholarship. “I am incredibly grateful for t.....
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Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, New Treatment, Research Excellence

Researchers confirm extreme heat increases the risk of premature births.

Researchers have found that women are more likely to have a preterm birth when exposed to extreme heat and those with pre-existing conditions may have an even higher risk. Preterm or premature birth, when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is the leading cause of infant death worldwide and many children born early deal with ongoing health problems for the remainder of their liv.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Research highlights the dangers of early births.

Doctors and researchers are increasingly concerned at the steady rise in premature twin births in New South Wales. Professor Jonathan Morris and his team from the Kolling’s Women and Babies Research group analysed over 14,000 twin pregnancies from 2003-2014, finding 49 per cent of twins were born premature before 37 weeks, and 69 per cent of all births were planned either by pre-labour c.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Every week counts in the lead up to birth.

The Kolling’s Women and Babies Research team is calling for a reduction in the number of early births, with the latest research highlighting the benefits of labour as close to 40 weeks as possible. Twenty years ago, the majority of women gave birth at 40 weeks. Today it’s between 38 and 39 weeks and continuing to get earlier. This trend is due to the growing number of planned early birth.....
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Category: Cardiovascular and Renal Research, Research Excellence

Grieving couple contributes to new research into deadly bacteria in pregnancy.

The Women and Babies Research team is launching a study to look into the presence of bacteria in pregnancy which may be deadly if passed on to infants during birth. The research is being funded in part by Victoria and Danny Liston, who tragically lost their daughter at birth due to infection. Director of Women and Babies Research Professor Jonathan Morris said Group B Streptococcus (GBS).....
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Category: Funding support

Research to help reduce smoking in pregnancy.

A large scale review has found the number of women smoking during pregnancy in NSW has halved, and yet there are still some concerning trends prompting calls for targeted campaigns. Researchers from the Kolling Institute and the University of Sydney, analysed smoking rates in all pregnancies in New South Wales over a 22 year period from 1994 to 2016. The Women and Babies Research team fo.....
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Category: Research Excellence

Research identifies health impact of traffic accidents.

More than 40 per cent of people injured in a traffic accident are psychologically distressed one month after their accident, with many of those suffering depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms. The research forms part of the latest findings into the physical and emotional impact of motor vehicle crash injuries by the team from the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research. Fro.....
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Category: Research Excellence