Graduate Research School For Candidates Prospective Candidates Available Projects Investigation of a Suite of Biomarkers for Early Detection of Complicated Pregnancies: Determining the need for intervention to prevent Pre- term Birth and Small for Gestational Age Infants

Investigation of a Suite of Biomarkers for Early Detection of Complicated Pregnancies: Determining the need for intervention to prevent Pre- term Birth and Small for Gestational Age Infants

Title of Project

Investigation of a Suite of Biomarkers for Early Detection of Complicated Pregnancies: Determining the need for intervention to prevent Pre- term Birth and Small for Gestational Age Infants

Name of Advisor/s

Donna Rudd

College

College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science

Summary of Project

In the past 20 years Australia has reduced the availability of antenatal care in rural and remote locations largely based on cost and safety concerns, requiring patients to travel greater distances. Development of a clinical tool, using an evidence base for prediction of complications in pregnancy would help with safe delivery and neonatal care in rural and remote populations world-wide. This study will draw on a unique cohort of rural and remote, indigenous and non-indigenous women presenting for obstetrical care, to develop a one-off blood analysis that will allow risk stratification of patients which can easily be incorporated into routine antenatal care.

Key Words

Pre term birth, biomarkers, clinical application, indigenous, pregnancy

Would suit an applicant who

This project would suit an applicant who is interested in translating biomarkers into clinical use, working at the junction of science and clinical practice. The applicant could be a Biomedical Science or Medical laboratory Science graduate. Medical graduate are also welcome, however, some laboratory work may be involved.