Calum Roberts


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Calum Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, and is a Consultant Neonatologist at Monash Children’s Hospital. He is the current recipient of an NHMRC Early Leadership Grant, and the lead for lung and resuscitation research at Monash Newborn.

Calum completed his MBChB at the University of Edinburgh, and his clinical neonatal training in Scotland, the north of England, and Melbourne. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Melbourne for research into the use of nasal High Flow treatment in preterm infants, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Davis’ team at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Calum moved to Monash University in 2017, and was the recipient of the Kathleen Tinsley Research Fellowship from 2017-2019.

Calum was the lead investigator of the HIPSTER Trial, and co-investigator on the HUNTER Trial, the two largest clinical trials of neonatal High Flow treatment, both published in the New England Journal of Medicine. His research has also appeared in leading paediatric journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. He has been the recipient of a Society for Pediatric Research (USA) PhD student research award, and a commendation at the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. He is the chair of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Early Career Research Executive Committee, and a member of the European Scientific Collaboration for Neonatal Resuscitation.

Research interests

Calum's research interests are neonatal resuscitation and respiratory management. His currently active clinical trials include the SURFSUP Trial of supraglottic airway surfactant treatment (ACTRN12620001184965), the FONDUE Trial comparing face mask or nasal mask as first mode of respiratory for very preterm infants (ACTRN12620001086954), and the PinC Trial of physiologically-based cord clamping for infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (NL69575.078.19).

In collaboration with Prof Stuart Hooper and Prof Graeme Polglase of The Ritchie Centre, Calum conducts a program of preclinical work focused on understanding the response to resuscitation, and identifying new treatment strategies, in the setting of severe birth asphyxia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 2 Dec 2017

MBChB, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 19 Jul 2003

External positions

Consultant Neonatologist, Monash Health

22 May 2017 → …

Honorary Research Consultant, Newborn Research Centre, Royal Women's Hospital

22 May 2017 → …

Neonatal Retrieval Consultant, Paediatric Infant & Perinatal Transport Service, Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

26 Sep 2016 → …

Research area keywords

  • preterm infant
  • nasal high flow oxygen therapy
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • surfactants
  • Resuscitation


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