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Helping preterm babies get the best start
Date:6/27/2011

ure have an 80 per cent chance of survival. Preterm babies now account for around eight per cent of births in Australia and 12-14 per cent in the USA."

"Because the improvements in survival rates are only recent, we have not yet witnessed the impact of premature births on the health system."

Associate Professor Black has received two prestigious grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) administered by Monash University.

"The NHMRC funding will enable Monash researchers to study the development of kidneys and hearts in preterm babies," Associate Professor Black said.

"With the kidney studies, our aim is to develop strategies that will ensure these babies have the highest number of nephrons possible, in order to give them the best start in life."

"We need to know the things that restrict nephron development and are looking at a range of factors, including blood pressure, respiration, medications taken during pregnancy, and care following birth."

"We are also working with Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory so we can make a comparison between the renal development of Indigenous and non-Indigenous babies. This is timely as Indigenous people have 17 times greater incidence of renal disease than the non-Indigenous population," said Associate Professor Black.


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