Respiratory strategies to protect the preterm lung at birth

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Number of Master Places Available
2
Department
Paediatrics
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Prue Pereira-Fantini prue.pereira@mcri.edu.au +61383416452
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof David Tingay David.Tingay@rch.org.au

Summary An exciting opportunity for a PhD Student who is enthusiastic and self- motivated to apply for a PhD Scholarship for research into preterm lung injury. The successful scholar will work with our molecular and translational program, which focuses on better understanding the physiological and biological response to mechanical ventilation, using proteomics and imaging tools such as Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), to develop ventilation strategies that improve lung function and prevent long-term injury.

Project Details

Our research focuses on improving the respiratory management of infants needing intensive care and providing this vulnerable but important population every chance for a healthy start to life. Our group has a multi-modal research program using molecular sciences, translational models, clinical studies and large trials to develop new respiratory support strategies to improve how clinicians treat newborn infants with severe respiratory failure. These scholarships will work with our molecular and translational program, which focuses on better understanding the physiological and biological response to mechanical ventilation, using proteomics and imaging tools such as Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT), to develop ventilation strategies that improve lung function and prevent long-term injury.

The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, nurses and scientists to delineate how lung injury is initiated in preterm infants at birth using a translational preterm model. Scholars will use proteomics and other molecular tools to examine the effect of different clinical respiratory decisions at birth on lung injury and protection. This will be combined with advanced lung imaging and clinical assessment tools. These projects will determine what is the most lung protective method of supporting tidal ventilation from birth.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Paediatrics


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