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Royal Hospital for Women - Maternal-Fetal Medicine (The NSW Fetal Therapy Centre)


Through our strong links with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), we are involved in a number of research studies and programs.  Undergraduate studies including those undertaking their Integrated Learning Project (ILP) are an important component of our team.  Postgraduate maternity clinicians are also involved in a number of research projects for specific details ongoing research, please contact the Department on (02) 9382 6098.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has recently created the Australian Centre for Perinatal Science, which brings together a broad multidisciplinary range of clinicians, scientists and researchers in Perinatal field.  These disciplinary encompass all aspects of maternity and early childhood care.  The Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine conducted research, studies and contribute to perinatal output.

Sample Research:


Perinatal Research Activity Document (Obstetrics, Midwifery and Neonatology)


Samples of Undergraduate Medicine Honours/ILP Projects:


  1. Honours: Evaluation of fetoplacental perfusion with 3D power Doppler
  2. Honours: Evaluation of fetal cardiac performance in twin-twin transfusion syndrome with the Myocardial Performance Index
  3. ILP: An audit of chest masses coming through the NSW Fetal Therapy Centre
  4. ILP: Lessons to learn from 19 years of experience of a vaginal breech birth service at the John Hunter Hospital
  5. ILP: Evaluation of mRNA in maternal blood during pregnancy.



  1. Honours: Cervicovaginal Cytokines and Chemokines in Normal Pregnancy and Preterm Labour
  2. Honours: Evaluation of techniques for quantification of power Doppler evaluation of fetal   placental perfusion
  3. ILP: Evaluation of the factors associated with optimal outcome for babies born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  4. ILP: Evaluation of the influence of prenatal diagnosis and place of birth on outcome for babies with congenital surgical anomalies
  5. ILP: Evaluation of the Psychological aspects of Prenatal Diagnosis in 2 centres
  6. ILP: Establishment of a clinical database for twin-twin transfusion syndrome
  7. ILP: Patient satisfaction survey for Maternal-Fetal Medicine



  1. ILP: Effects of connective tissue growth factor and transforming growth factor on the human trophoblast cells in vitro
  2. ILP: Signal transduction involved in apoptosis of human trophoblast derived HTR-8SV neo cells
  3. ILP: Evaluation of the role of the Obstetrician in Midwifery Group Practice
  4. ILP: An evaluation of women’s views regarding consent for research in pregnancy and labour