BRAIN Project FAST FACTS Brain damage due to hypoxia or ischemia (lack of oxygen to the brain) in newborns and adults is one of the most common human patholo- gies. Lack of oxygen decreases energy supply to the brain, causing a Fact One cascade of events which can lead to severe brain damage. In new- 4700 premature borns, this can severely impair growth and development of the brain babies are born and is the major cause of perinatal mortality. throughout Queensland By monitoring oxygen directly in the unborn baby during delivery, each year. doctors are elevating the risk of brain damage. The BRAIN Project (Brain Research Advances In Newborns) currently being conducted by the RBWH’s Perinatal Research Centre (PRC) aims to impact on the areas of stillbirth, brain rescue and improving neuro developmental Fact Two outcomes. The BRAIN Project will span 5 years and is a comprehen- A baby born sive approach to preventing or reducing major causes of death and before 37 weeks disability in the unborn and newly born baby. It has the potential to of development benefit individuals, their families and society as a whole. is considered premature. Expected outcomes include: •The ability to identify whether stillbirth late in pregnancy can be prevented using a new approach to fetal monitoring. Fact Three •Discovering methods to ‘rescue’ the brain after exposure to low Brain damage oxygen levels in the baby. resulting from a •The ability to examine how the brain heals itself after injury and lack of oxygen is attempt to enhance these natural mechanisms to assist the brain to the major cause remodel itself, reducing the long-term impact of disability in the child. of perinatal mortality. The Perinatal Research Centre has an internationally competitive group of researchers ready to make further important advances, together with the RBWH Foundation. The RBWH Foundation, which does not receive any Government funding, was estalished over 20 years ago to champion and raise funds for the world-class clinical research undertaken at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. The research covers a range of diseases and medical conditions from the survival of premature babies to the early detec- Donate now! tion of lung cancer. The aim is to find better treatments, methods of prevention and cures for these conditions, but it can't be done without the generous support of individu- als, community groups and businesses. 1300 363 786 www.rbwhfoundation.com.au Research at the RBWH saves the lives of men, women and babies everyday, and the next life it saves could be yours!