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SAHMRI Women and Kids

Helping premature babies grow

Dr Carmel Collins and her team are focused on finding ways to make sure babies born prematurely can get the best nutrition to make sure they develop into healthy kids.

Creating a better future for preterm infants

Babies born 10 - 12 weeks early are at an increased risk of contracting infections, growth faltering and brain developmental issues.

Dr Collins and her colleagues worked on understanding how adding extra protein to human milk fortifier would benefit these preterm infants. The results of this work, which showed that babies who had the additional protein experienced greater weight gain, resulted in the reformulation of some types of fortifier.

Dr Collins and her team are committed to forming research partnerships with the parents of preterm infants and clinicians, and are working with both in determining the research priorities in their nutritional management.


Dr Carmel Collins is also affiliated with The University of Adelaide.

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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.