Perinatal

We're currently researching into Perinatal

Each year in New Zealand, approximately 500 babies are born very preterm, exposing them to a higher risk of a number of neuro developmental problems, including cerebral palsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We also experience a dramatically high number of stillborn babies.

Are babies treated with dextrose gel, a measure for reducing low blood sugar in babies, symptom-free at two years of age?

A study of children at two years of age assessing whether there are any adverse effects eventuating from the dextrose gel used to treat their hypoglycaemia at birth.

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A computer model to adjust the insulin dose in preterm babies with high blood sugar levels

A computer programme that helps to keep blood sugar levels in a safe range for preterm babies treated with insulin, to help avoid brain damage after preterm birth.

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The effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy on dental health in early childhood

The two and half year follow up into the effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and infancy on tooth decay in socioeconomically deprived children.

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A follow-up of a national birth cohort from 1986. An investigation into the long-term effects associated with being born very preterm with very low birthweight (VLBW).

A follow-up of a national birth cohort from 1986. An investigation into the long-term effects associated with being born very preterm with very low birthweight (VLBW).

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Monitoring fetal movement to reduce the number of stillborn babies

The use of a complex software programme isolating a mother͛s movement from that of the fetus, to determine if this could be a predictor of increased risk of stillbirth

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Multi-centre case control stillbirth study

Extending an Auckland study that found a link between sleep position and prolonged sleep in the late stage of pregnancy and stillbirths.

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Personalising mechanical ventilation in neonatal intensive care units (NICU)

An observational trial in current and retrospective NICU patients undergoing mechanical ventilation to augment breathing, with the data used to inform patient-specific respiratory mechanics

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Promoting Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cell Maturation as a Treatment for Preterm Brain Injury

Can stimulating the maturation of brain cells which produce myelin – a fatty insulation that ensures effective transfer of information in the brain – reverse brain injury in preterm babies?

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PROVIDE: a randomised controlled trial of increased protein intake in extremely low birth weight babies (ELBW) in the first week of life to improve neurodevelopmental outcome

A randomised control trial into protein intake in ELBW babies, to determine whether an additional one gram per day of protein will improve neuro developmental outcome.

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A randomised controlled trial (RCT) using sildenafil aiming to improve the outcomes of babies with slowed growth in the womb

Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) can result in severe health complications and currently has no treatment. This study will seek to improve the growth of these vulnerable infants.

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A randomised controlled trial of sildenafil therapy to improve the growth of babies in the womb

A randomised controlled trial of sildenafil therapy to improve the growth of babies in the womb. Dr Katie Groom University…

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Using big data to investigate the long-term impacts of periviable births

Using big data to investigate the long-term impacts of periviable births Dr Nevil Pierse & Dr Max Berry University of…

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Using robots to increase the mobility of children with cerebral palsy

The use of robotic therapy to aid children with cerebral palsy to develop more effective gait patterns enabling them to walk faster, for longer periods of time, and with a more natural style.

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Ventilator gas flows and bronchopulmonary disease in preterm babies: a randomised controlled trial

A trial into the effects of low ventilator flows compared with standard flows, to attempt to reduce lung injury in extremely preterm babies, thereby improving long-term health.

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