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Following completion of a BSc with Honours and a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology at Monash University, Professor Hooper completed postdoctoral training in fetal development at Monash University and the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Aligned with The Ritchie Centre’s Fetal and Neonatal Health group, Professor Stuart Hooper established the Fetal and Neonatal Laboratory to apply synchrotron technology to progress understanding of 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, on the health of the infant after birth; a diaphragmatic hernia allows abdominal contents to move into the chest cavity during fetal life, which causes the lungs to stop growing.

Professor Hooper has published over 250 research and review scientific articles. He is a past president of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand and is currently the lead Investigator on a NHMRC Program Grant ($8.5M) and a USA NIH RO1 grant ($1.7M US).

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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