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Preterm birth is often overlooked in the media in favor of other high profile medical difficulties but there are many researchers investigating ways to reduce the risk of preterm birth and improve outcomes for preemie babies. Find out about some of interesting studies that are being undertaken.


Finding out about Preemie Research

It can be frustrating for parents of preemies who are often not kept in the loop about important discoveries about reducing the risk of preterm birth or medical interventions designed to limit short and long term consequences of being born preterm. This section is designed to inform parents and friends of preemies about some of the research being done around the world to help premature babies.

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Study Details

Group Name:

Victorian Infant Brain Study (VIBeS)

Group Location:

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute - Melbourne, Victoria. Australia

About VIBeS:

The Victorian Infant Brain Study (VIBeS) research group looks at brain injury and early brain development in premature and sick infants using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques. They also focus on identifying factors that influence brain development in preterm babies and determine how they are associated with the developmentment of thinking, motor, and behvaioural skills.

Research ojectives:

The Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team is conducting studies that seek to :

  • Understand the processes that cause brain injury and the factors that disrupt normal brain development in premature babies
  • Determine how early brain injury impacts on subsequent brain development in premature infants
  • Identify brain abnormalities and environmental factors associated with neurobehavioural impairments in premature children
  • Develop interventions to improve the outcome for premature children

Findings and Publications:

VIBeS have conducted a number of different studies involving preterm infants and children. Individual study groups within VIBeS are presented separately, along with their findings.



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