Project Code: 10446050
Faculty: Liggins Institute
Department: Liggins Institute
Main Supervisor: Dist Prof Jane Harding
Principal investigator: Professor Frank Bloomfield
Application open date: 22 Feb 2019
Application deadline: 31 Jan 2021
Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International
Adequate nutrition, particularly of protein, is essential for babies born extremely preterm. Enhanced early nutrition is associated with better early growth and brain development, but it is not known if these early benefits translate into better school performance, and it is possible they may also increase later risk of obesity and metabolic disease.
We have recently completed the ProVIDE randomised trial of additional protein given to very preterm babies soon after birth. This project will involve assessing growth, development and behaviour of children at 6-7 years who took part in the ProVIDE trial.
Masters or Honours degree or equivalent in a health or education-related discipline and a clinical background. Examples include (but are not limited to) neonatology, nursing, midwifery, paediatrics, obstetrics, developmental psychology, educational psychology, education.
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i) To develop a screen-based assessment of cognitive, physical and behavioural skills to be administered at school in 6-7-year old children.
ii) To use this assessment to determine the relationships between early nutrition, and later development in the ProVIDE cohort.
Here is a link to the ProVIDE study.
The supervisors are:
Bloomfield FH, Crowther CA, Harding JE, Jiang Y, Conlon CA, Cormack BE. The ProVIDe study: The impact of protein intravenous nutrition on development in extremely low birthweight babies. BMC Pediatrics.2015, 15:100. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-015-0411-y. URL: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/15/100
Brown J, Embleton N, Harding JE, McGuire W. Multi-nutrient fortification of human milk for preterm infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 5, Art. No.: CD000343. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000343.pub3, 2016.
Harding JE, Cormack BE, Alexander T, Alsweiler JM, Bloomfield FH. Advances in nutrition of the newborn infant. (Invited review). Lancet 389: 1660-68, 2017.
Amissah EA, Brown J, Harding JE. Protein supplementation of human milk for promoting growth in preterm infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 6, Art. No. CD000433, 2018. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD000433.pub2
- The current research of Professor Frank Bloomfield
- Determining vitamin status in extremely preterm babies and designing appropriate vitamin supplementation
- Understanding variation in nutrition, growth and associated outcomes in extremely preterm babies
- Developing prioritisation of research questions for nutrition of extremely preterm babies and building consensus on how to report outcomes
- Predicting Early Development in Moderate to Late Preterm Babies