30 April 2013


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Here in Perth, we are extremely fortunate to have many research projects being undertaken to improve the health of infants, children, and parents. Of course, these projects need your help. So, if you are interested in any of the following please use the contacts provided.


If you are over 18 years of age and in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, The University Of Western Australia (UWA) is seeking your help by answering a few simple questions on lifestyle and diet.

“Pregnancy is such an important time and it’s a vulnerable time for the fetus. Both environmental (“outside”) and psychological (“personal”) events are important during pregnancy. We would like to better understand how these events work together to affect the overall health of mothers and babies in Western Australia.

Over the next three years, we would like to survey more than 6000 pregnant women. The more participants we have in this study, and from all walks of life, the more we can learn. Our ultimate goal is to offer insight and knowledge that can improve the health and development of our children.”

To get involved in the study or to get more information, contact the research coordinator Dr Kimberley McAuley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 6488 2987. Check the website for regular updates about the study and research outcomes. Or you can visit us on facebook to keep in touch.


Have you had gestational diabetes?

Researchers from The University Of Western Australia are looking for another 100 or more pregnant women to join a study investigating whether exercise can help prevent gestational diabetes. Women based in metropolitan Perth who are less than 14 weeks pregnant and have had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy are eligible for the study.

Half of the volunteers have a stationary bike delivered to their home at 14 weeks of pregnancy and are visited three times each week by a female exercise physiologist to supervise the cycling exercise. The program runs until 28 weeks of pregnancy, when all women are tested for the recurrence of gestational diabetes.

The study needs around 200 women in total and is expected to run for another year.

Eligible women should call 9340 1705 or visit www.thecyclestudy.com.aueatasthma

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Is your child at risk of developing Type 1 diabetes?

This study wants to follow babies who are at risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, from pregnancy until 3 years of age. It is already known that a child’s genes can increase the risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, but it is now far more common than 20 years ago. The study wants to determine what effect our changing environment has on this disease. What in the environment is harmful and what is beneficial.

To be eligible for this study:

You are planning or expecting a baby,

or have a baby less than 6 months old,

and you, or the baby’s father, has Type1 diabetes,

or you have another child with Type 1 diabetes.

This study is being undertaken throughout Australia. For more information contact

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Does your child have exercise related asthma?

About the study

“We want to see how well we can identify exercise related asthma in young children. We hope that this study will help to improve the diagnosis and management of young children with exercise related asthma in the future.

Get involved
Children aged between 4 and 7 years can take part including children with a history of exercise-related symptoms in the past year and healthy children who have never had any respiratory symptoms”.

Phone 9340 8121 to get involved or for more information.



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