World Prematurity Day Community Seminar

November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
World Prematurity Day Community Seminar

Approximately 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely in Australia. Sadly, preterm birth is the single greatest cause of death and disability in children up to five years of age in the developed world.

Sadly, preterm birth is also the single greatest cause of death and disability in children up to five years of age in the developed world. With preterm birth comes a lifetime of increased risk of chronic disease, behavioural, learning, and psychological problems, and long-term neurological disability.

 At HMRI our goal is to understand and prevent preterm birth, enabling children to live and reach their full potential.
Join us for our final community seminar for 2021, and learn more about the research being conducted here in the Hunter to understand and solve the mysteries of preterm birth, as well as the discoveries that have been made on the pathway to prevention.

We'll be joined by a diverse panel of experts including Distinguished Laureate Professor Roger Smith, Professor Craig Pennell, Dr Jonathan Paul and BorneHMRI preterm birth awareness ambassador Sarah Mumm.

Wednesday 17 November
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Live-streamed on Zoom and Facebook Live
Register for this free virtual event by using the form below.

Meet our presenters

Sarah Mumm - Sarah and her husband, former Australian Wallabies captain Dean Mumm have birthed six babies, however have only been able to raise two of them due to the devastation of preterm birth. Sarah and Dean founded BorneHMRI in 2018, a science collaboration between Borne in the UK and HMRI researchers dedicated to finding answers and solutions to preterm birth.

Distinguished Laureate Professor Smith is Co-Director of the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science, Director of the University's Mothers and Babies Research Centre at HMRI and Director for the Department of Endocrinology at John Hunter Hospital. He is considered a world-leading authority on human reproduction and the pathophysiology of human pregnancy.

Professor Craig Pennell is a Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, senior staff specialist in maternal-fetal medicine at John Hunter Hospital and Chair of the Scientific Committee at Red Nose Australia.
Professor Pennell is also Chief Investigator on the NEW1000 Study, a pregnancy cohort study based in the Hunter that will see 1000 babies and their families each year to help advance our understanding of how the first 1000 days of life can impact health and wellbeing throughout life.

Dr Jonathan Paul is a University of Newcastle Principal researcher from the Mothers and Babies Research Centre, located within HMRI. Dr Paul has been internationally recognised for his work on targeting therapeutic nanoparticles to the muscles cells of the pregnant uterus as a way of dramatically reducing a range of risks associated with childbirth, specifically preterm birth.