Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group

Researcher

Research Overview

The Victorian Infant Collaborative Study (VICS) is a long term study of prematurely born infants throughout their childhood and into adulthood. VICS is a collaboration between the Royal Women’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital. The paediatricians, psychologists, nurses and research staff are all dedicated to improving the lives of extremely premature babies.

For over three decades VICS has been working towards better understanding the extent of long-term health problems that occur in the tiniest babies (those of birth weight < 1000g) and most premature (those of <28 weeks of gestation) born in Victoria. We are very grateful for the participation of children and families in the important clinical research studies.

Victorian Infant Collaborative Study

Staff

Collaborators

Staff from the Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital, The Newborn Emergency Transport Service (now incorpoarted into PIPER (Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval).

Funding

NHMRC

Royal Women's Hospital

Research Outcomes

Kelly CE, Cheong JLY, Molloy C, Anderson PJ, Lee KJ, Connelly A, Doyle LW, Thompson DK, for the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group.  Neural correlates of impaired vision in adolescents born extremely preterm and/or extremely low birthweight. PLoS One 2014; 9: e93188

Burnett A, Scratch S, Lee K, Cheong J, Searle K, Hutchinson E, De Luca C, Davey M-A, Roberts G, Doyle LW, Anderson PJ.  Executive Function in Adolescents Born <1000g or <28 weeks: A Prospective Cohort Study. Pediatrics 2015; 135:e826-834

Doyle LW, Clucas L, Roberts G, Davis N, Duff J, Callanan C, McDonald M, Anderson PJ, Cheong JLY.  The cost of long term follow-up of high-risk infants for research studies. J Paediatr Child Health 2015; 51:1012-1016

Centra JC, Roberts G, Opie G, Cheong J, Doyle LW, on behalf of the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group.  Masked hypertension in extremely preterm adolescents.  J Paediatr Child Health 2015; 51:1060-1065

Doyle LW, Cheong JLY, Burnett A, Roberts G, Lee KJ, Anderson PJ, for the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group. Biological and social influences on outcomes of extreme-preterm/low-birth-weight adolescents. Pediatrics 2015; 136:e1513-e1520

Molloy CS, Di Battista AM, Anderson VA, Burnett A, Lee KJ, Roberts G, Cheong JLY, Anderson PJ, Doyle LW, for the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group.  The contribution of visual processing to academic achievement in adolescents born extremely preterm or extremely low birth weight.  Child Neuropsych 2015; 1-19

Molloy C, Anderson PJ, Anderson VA, Doyle LW, for the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group. The long-term outcome of extremely preterm (<28 weeks' gestational age) infants with and without severe retinopathy of prematurity.  J Neuropsych (in press Feb 25 2015)

Kelly C, Chan L, Burnett AC, Lee KJ, Connelly A, Anderson PJ, Doyle LW, Cheong JLY, Thompson DK, on behalf of the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group.  Brain microstructural and structural alterations associated with cerebral palsy and motor impairments in extremely preterm/extremely low birthweight adolescents.  Dev Med Child Neurol 2015; 57: 1168-1175

Cheong JLY, Bainbridge A, Anderson PJ, Lee KJ, Burnett AC, Thompson DK, Roberts G, Wood SJ, Doyle LW, Robertson NJ. Altered posterior cingulate brain metabolites and cognitive dysfunction in preterm adolescents.  Pediatr Res (in press Oct 20 2015)

Kowalski RR, Beare R, Doyle LW, Smolich JJ, Cheung MMH.  Elevated blood pressure with reduced left ventricular and aortic dimensions in adolescents born extremely preterm. J Pediatr (in press Jan 6, 2016).

Research Projects



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact A/Prof Jeanie Cheong

Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Unit / Centre

Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group


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