Stuart Hooper


1990 …2023
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Professor Stuart Hooper is one of four Deputy Directors of the Ritchie Centre. Professor Hooper is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.

His research group within the Fetal, Neonatal and Child Health group of the Ritchie Centre aims to understand the physiology of fetal and neonatal lung development and the factors that regulate the transition to air-breathing at birth. By understanding these changes, it will become possible to moderate the impact of pre-term birth and other problems such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, where the abdominal contents move into the chest cavity during fetal life.

All babies when born have to make the transition from the fluid-filled environment of the mother's womb for an air-filled one after birth. Their lungs and heart have to start working differently the minute they are born. Professor Hooper's research is intended to make the transition easier for babies with difficulties, most commonly pre-term babies. Professor Hooper uses synchrotron technology to image gases within tissues such as the lung.

Professor Hooper completed a BSc with Honours and a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology at Monash University. He conducted post-doctoral research in fetal development at Monash University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Professor Hooper has published 132 research and review scientific articles. He is currently President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and received a large NHMRC Program Grant ($8.5M) which started in 2011.

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Projects 2000 2023

Identifying mechanisms to improve newborn respiratory function using phase contrast X-ray imaging

Hooper, S., Kitchen, M., McGillick, E., Wallace, M., Crossley, K., Te Pas, A. B., Pearson, J., Robert, L., Yagi, N. & Uesugi, K.


Project: Research

Improving perinatal outcomes.

Hooper, S., Davis, P., Wallace, E., Flemmer, A., Gill, A., McDougall, A., tePas, A., Manley, B., Kamlin, C. O. F., Morley, C., Tingay, D., Polglase, G., Jenkin, G., Dawson, J., Crossley, K., Kerr, L., Doyle, L. W., Owen, L., Kitchen, M., Thio, M., Kluckow, M., Tolcos, M., Wallace, M., Lim, R., Harding, R., Boland, R., Hodges, R., Miller, S., Cole, T. & Moss, T.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Research Output 1990 2019

Delivery of positive end-expiratory pressure to preterm lambs using common resuscitation devices

Thio, M., Dawson, J. A., Crossley, K. J., Moss, T. J., Roehr, C. C., Polglase, G. R., Davis, P. G. & Hooper, S. B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 104, 1, p. F83-F88 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Dose-dependent exacerbation of ventilation-induced lung injury by erythropoietin in preterm newborn lambs

Allison, B. J., LaRosa, D. A., Barton, S. K., Hooper, S., Zahra, V., Tolcos, M., Chan, K. Y. Y., Barbuto, J., Inocencio, I. M., Moss, T. J. & Polglase, G. R., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 126, 1, p. 44-50 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Effectiveness of stabilization of preterm infants with intact umbilical cord using a purpose-built resuscitation table-study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Knol, R., Brouwer, E., Klumper, F. J. C. M., van den Akker, T., DeKoninck, P., Hutten, G. J., Lopriore, E., van Kaam, A. H., Polglase, G. R., Reiss, I. K. M., Hooper, S. B. & Pas, A. B., 1 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Pediatrics. 7, APR, 8 p., 134.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Effects of tracheal occlusion on the neonatal cardiopulmonary transition in an ovine model of diaphragmatic hernia

Dekoninck, P. L. J., Crossley, K. J., Kashyap, A. J., Skinner, S. M., Thio, M., Rodgers, K. A., Deprest, J. A., Hooper, S. B. & Hodges, R. J., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fetal growth restriction is associated with an altered cardiopulmonary and cerebral hemodynamic response to surfactant therapy in preterm lambs

Malhotra, A., Miller, S., Jenkin, G., Hooper, S., Allison, B., Sozo, F., Zahra, V., Sehgal, A. & Polglase, G., 14 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Research. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review