Thursday, 18th of March 2021
Clinical Staff Lounge – Level 2, A Block, KEMH(take front entrance lift to 2nd floor
The scientific arm of The Women and Infants Research Foundation is headed by one of the leading authorities in the prevention of preterm birth, Professor John Newnham AM. He was appointed as WIRF’s Executive Director in 1996 and since then has spearheaded the Foundation’s diverse research portfolio.
Professor Newnham spoke to us of his work and passion to learn more and do more to prevent preterm birth. He emphasised the fact that being born too early is the single greatest cause of death and disability in children up to five years of age in the developed world. Worldwide, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm each year.
He firmly believes that discovering how to prevent this complication of pregnancy needs to be one of our highest priorities.