Long-term disability is common in babies born prematurely.

This may be due to insufficient delivery of oxygen to the brain, but currently there is no treatment that increases oxygen delivery to the brain.

We will determine if blood transfusion is more effective than current treatments given to prevent brain injury in preterm babies.

Transfusion has two benefits. It will increase the amount of blood going to the brain. It will also increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood.

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Scheme name

Project Grant

Years funded

2017 – 2019

Lead institution

University of Queensland

Partner institution

University of Adelaide

Research area