Monday, 19 December 2016

13th Annual Kaarene Fitzgerald Public Forum

Latest research on sudden unexpected infant death was highlighted at the 13th annual Fitzgerald Public Forum hosted by the Ritchie Centre earlier this month.

Established in 2004, the annual public lecture honours the outstanding contributions Kaarene Fitzgerald made in over 25 years of service to medical research into the unsolved problem of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“This year we heard talks from three outstanding young women who have focused their research on understanding the factors which contribute to stillbirth and sudden unexpected death in infancy so that we can reduce these unexplained deaths that claim so many young lives,” said Professor Rosemary Horne, Deputy Director of the Ritchie Centre.

NHMRC Early Career Fellow Dr Miranda Davie-Tuck spoke on ‘Setting the placental alarm clock: a way to prevent stillbirth’  while Dr Emily Cohen, a final year PhD student in The Ritchie Centre and the current the Kaarene Fitzgerald Scholarship awardee spoke on ‘Being born too small and too early: effects on the brain and the heart’.

Dr Rita Machaalani, a postdoctoral research fellow from the Department of Medicine and the Bosch Institute, University of Sydney and Department of Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney spoke about smoking risks for SIDS.

Professor Horne said Kaarene was passionate in her belief that research will find a solution for SIDS and that research findings be translated into clinical practise.

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