The Perinatal Research Centre (PRC) is committed to improving perinatal health through world class biomedical and clinical research. Our multidisciplinary research team aims to translate research advances into clinical practice and better health outcomes for mothers and babies.
The PRC was founded in 1992 as an initiative of the then RWH Foundation (now known as the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation) and is a Centre within The University of Queensland. Prestigious philanthropic and research bodies have recognised the impact of the PRC in maternal and infant health research and awarded funding to support important original research. The PRC plays a key role within the RBWH in clinical trials which have not only been instrumental in improving care of the mothers and babies in the hospital but also nationally and internationally.
The Centre has undergraduate students and postgraduate honours, masters and PhD students from a wide range of disciplines and plays a key role in building and strengthening a culture of research excellence within the RBWH.
To advance the health of mothers and babies
- To achieve excellence in all aspects of perinatal research
- To achieve excellence in teaching and to enhance knowledge of the perinatal period
- To benefit individuals and society through improved perinatal health outcomes
Research at the PRC centres around several themes:
- Brain Group - Prediction of outcome, Neuroprotection
- Clinical Trials Group - PRC trials, Collaborative trials, Cochrane reviews
- Cardio/Respiratory Group - Liquid ventilation, Vascular function
- Fetal Wellbeing Group - Fetal oximetry, Twin twin transfusion
- Population Health Group - Indigenous health, At-risk child health
- Speech Pathology Group - Speech and language development, Communication outcomes
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