Project Code: 10357482
Faculty: Liggins Institute
Department: Liggins Institute
Main Supervisor: Dist Prof Jane Harding
Application open date: 08 Jul 2016
Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International
Randomized trials provide the most reliable evidence of the effects of new treatments. However, for new treatments that are intended to improve the care of mothers and babies before and soon after birth, the potential benefits and harms may not become apparent until much later. It is therefore important that mothers and their babies who have participated in these trials are carefully assessed, sometimes for many years after the original trial.
We are looking for candidates with a degree in a health-related discipline and a clinical background. Examples include (but are not limited to) neonatology, nursing, midwifery, paediatrics, obstetrics, developmental psychology.
We have undertaken a number of these randomized trials and related cohort studies, and there are opportunities for candidates to undertake projects in following up the participants. These include:
- How management of neonatal hypoglycaemia affects development and learning at school age
- How management of diabetes in pregnancy affects mother’s later health, and the growth and development of their baby
- Whether provision of additional protein in the first week after birth in very preterm babies improves their later growth and development
- Whether giving magnesium sulphate to mothers before preterm birth improves development and brain structure in their children at school age
- How clinical assessment of children born very preterm at school age relates to their educational achievements and behavior at school
- Effect of Early Protein Intake on Later Growth and Development of Children Born Very Preterm
- What do families want to know about outcomes after trials of new treatments in pregnancy and the newborn?
- Childhood outcomes after dextrose gel for preventing low glucose levels in babies
- Childhood outcomes after a trial of extra protein for babies born very preterm
- Do lower thresholds for diagnosis of gestational diabetes have later benefits for mothers and babies?