An exciting new research project led by perinatal epidemiologist Philippa Middleton will investigate ways of preventing obesity in pregnant Aboriginal women aged 18-24 in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Obesity has profound consequences for a woman’s health in pregnancy and later life, and increases the risk of poor birth outcomes.

From our initial roots as Child Health Research Institute (CHRI), we grew into the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute and have now transformed into the Child Nutrition Research Centre (CNRC), a part of SAHMRI.

Dr Karen Best from our Child Nutrition Research Centre, SAHMRI Healthy Mothers Babies and Children talks about the importance of clinical trials and how she got into this research field.

In our N3RO Trial (N-3 fatty acids for improvement in Respiratory Outcomes), we are investigating whether giving very preterm infants (those born less than 29 weeks’ gestation) an extra supply of an n-3 (or omega-3) fat called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), improves important respiratory outcomes associated with being born early.

The Fish on Farms team is currently developing a scalable, cost-effective model of integrated Homestead Food Production to improve nutrition, food security and women’s empowerment in Cambodia with the aim of reaching 4500 households. 

This a randomised trial, funded by NHMRC, to evaluate a user-controlled, personalised and interactive mobile phone tool to support and facilitate maternal fetal movement awareness and reporting of decreased fetal movements

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The SAHMRI community acknowledges and respects the traditional owners, the family clans who are the Kaurna Nation from the Adelaide Plains region of South Australia. We acknowledge the clans of the Kaurna Nation and the sacred knowledge they hold for their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna Nation, their ancestors and the descendants of these living family clans today.