Departmental Seminars

Every weekday, until 27th Nov 2017
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2017 Seminars - No RSVP required


Dr Hubert Sydney Jacobs Memorial Scholarship: Outcomes of the HIPSTER Trial
Dr Calum Roberts, Neonatologist
Monash Newborn, Monash University
Monday 27 November, 12.30pm, Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

In this seminar I will present the outcomes of the HIPSTER Trial, a multi-centre randomised trial comparing High Flow and CPAP as primary respiratory support for preterm infants. This study was the principal focus of my PhD study at the University of Melbourne, and was led from the Newborn Research Centre at The Women's. In addition to the main trial outcomes I will summarise further analyses we have since conducted, looking at the influence of prospective and retrospective consent methods on study population and outcomes, how we can identify infants most at risk of treatment failure, and the relative cost-effectiveness of the two treatments.

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Dr Hubert Sydney Jacobs Memorial Scholarship: Can mesenchymal stem cells rescue oxidative stress in preeclampsia?
Dr Gina Kusuma, Research Officer
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Monday 27 November, 12.30pm, Seminar Rooms 7D/E, Level 7, The Royal Women’s Hospital

In preeclamptic patients, the placenta is subjected to oxidative stress and the signals emanating from the placenta spread the stress to the mother. We examined the location and role of stem cells at the important border of the placenta and the mother, in both normotensive and preeclamptic pregnancies. The outcome provides evidence that abnormal placental stem cells contribute to the development of pregnancy disorders. This could facilitate the development of targeted stem cell-based therapies to alleviate oxidative stress in preeclampsia, thus improving the health of mothers and babies and at the same time saving millions of dollars in cost of neonatal intensive care units.

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