Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)

Pregnancy and Reproduction

The HMRI Pregnancy and Reproduction Research Program brings together researchers focussed on understanding the environmental and biological processes that control reproduction and birth.

The Pregnancy and Reproduction Program conducts research based on two themes of:

  • Infertility and reproduction
  • Pregnancy and premature birth

The researchers are targeting the future health of all Australians by improving the health of pregnant women and providing key information on the determinants of a healthy start to life. The Program conducts research around eight key areas:

  • Understanding the mechanisms that influence or lead to premature birth
  • Trialling novel therapies to prevent preterm birth
  • Predicting adverse outcomes of human birth
  • Determining the paternal role in miscarriage and birth defects
  • Improving the diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility
  • Developing novel methods of fertility regulation
  • Understanding the mechanisms of decline in female fertility with age
  • Understanding the processes of egg growth and maturation

Researchers in the Pregnancy and Reproduction Program are affiliated with the University’s Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science, and incorporates:

Program Leader: Professor Roger Smith AM, The University of Newcastle

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