Research at Mater

Mater researchers are focused on improving women’s postnatal and broader gynaecological health; advancing the care and outcomes for sick neonates; and studying the relationship between fetal development, early life experience and lifelong health.

Examples of current mothers and babies research at Mater includes:

  • Research  to determine the best type of airway support (resuscitation) at birth, and to trial new designs for oxygen masks to better fit tiny babies.
  • Large preliminary research to protect against neurological damage, such as cerebral palsy, in premature bubs.
  • A trial to identify the best method of giving blood transfusions to fragile premature bubs born less than 28 weeks gestation.
  • Work to develop new maternal blood tests using sensitive DNA techniques to determine the baby’s blood type during pregnancy and assist with pregnancy management.
  • A study to follow up the outcomes of extremely premature bubs (born <28 weeks gestation) to determine the rate of neurodevelopmental disability.

To meet Mater’s research aspirations, generous gifts given by the community will help continue to fund explorations for transformational, translational research to deliver better outcomes for mothers and babies.

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