Influence of in utero environment on diaphragm structure and function [ 2011 - 2014 ]

Also known as: Do maternal and environmental factors adversely affect the development of the diaphragm in the fetus?

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Researchers: A/Pr Jane Pillow (Principal investigator) ,  A/Pr Anthony Bakker Dr Gavin Pinniger

Brief description The diaphragm is the major muscle involved in breathing. Normal function of the diaphragm is essential to survival. Preterm babies may be exposed to infection and other agents that interfere with diaphragm development and make breathing efforts weaker after birth, potentially leading to respiratory failure. This study will study diaphragms of preterm lambs to determine how fetal exposure to infection and steroids affect fetal diaphragm development, and if adverse effects are prevented by fetal treatment with blocking agents.

Funding Amount $AUD 494,966.96

Funding Scheme Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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