Childhood outcomes after trials of new treatments before and around the time of birth

Project Code: 10357482

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Dist Prof Jane Harding

Application open date: 08 Jul 2016

Application deadline:

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.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

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


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