Medical Research Future Fund — Associate Professor Jeanie Cheong case study
An expert in understanding newborn babies' brains, Associate Professor Cheong describes her work to understand and protect newborn babies from risks at birth.
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Associate Professor Jeanie Cheong: My expertise is in the area of newborn brain.
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We spent many years understanding why do pre-term children have health and developmental challenges when they grow up and we actually have a very deep understanding of what those challenges are now.
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However, we’re moving on to the next step of also understanding what the risk factors are and what the protective factors are.
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Then can we go on to look at how we make things better, trial new treatments, new interventions that can maximise these children to reach their full potential.
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I’ve been fortunate to have received a Medical Research Future Fund Career Development Fellowship.
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This Fund enables me to have protected research time, time where I can manage the research projects and train the future generations of researchers who will carry on the work into the future.
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The Medical Research Future Fund has the opportunity to offer all these individuals hope to achieve what they could have done regardless of the events that happened around birth.
An expert in understanding newborn babies' brains, Associate Professor Cheong describes her work to understand and protect newborn babies from risks at birth. The Medical Research Future Fund is supporting her to train future generations of researchers, with the ultimate goal of helping children reach their full potential.