Newborn research: what is new in 2021? Highlights from the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine


The last 3 decades has seen major advances in neonatal intensive care – this has led to increased survival in our tiniest and most immature newborns. The CRE in Newborn Medicine is in its 13th year, supporting new initiatives to improve how we care for our newborn babies. This presentation highlights the innovative work that is happening in newborn research.



Professor Jeanie Cheong is a Neonatologist, Royal Women’s Hospital, and Principal Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Prof Cheong is the Director of the CRE in Newborn Medicine, with a research focus on long term outcomes following preterm birth.

Dr Rosemarie Boland is a Neonatal nurse researcher and academic with joint appointments at MCRI and The Royal Children’s Hospital. She a senior research officer in the CRE in Newborn Medicine at MCRI and a Neonatal Educator in the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval (PIPER) service at RCH. Her research and clinical interests are perinatal epidemiology and neonatal transport, with a focus on improving outcomes of extremely preterm babies born in non-tertiary settings

Dr Amanda Kwong is a physiotherapist at the Royal Women’s Hospital Newborn Follow-up clinic and a post-doctoral research fellow with the CRE Newborn Medicine group. Amanda’s research interests are concerned with early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy and movement disorders.

Dr Arun Sett is a neonatologist with PIPER and Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is a PhD candidate with the University of Melbourne, based at the CRE, MCRI and the Newborn Research Centre, The Royal Women’s Hospital. Arun’s research is on the utility of lung ultrasound in neonatal respiratory support.


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