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Premature babies

Alumna Dr Kathleen Lim (MBBS 2014, BMedResHons 2012) has won the 2020 University of Tasmania Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research PhD candidate took out the $1,500 cash first prize, with her presentation Breathe Baby, Breathe.

It explores a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to the care of preterm infants.

Every year more than 50 million babies are born preterm.

Some babies born too soon experience episodes of apnoea, which means they stop breathing.

“Every time the baby stops breathing his or her blood oxygen level will fall dangerously low and with each episode the baby's risk of brain damage increases,” Dr Lim said.

Her PhD aims to improve the prediction and detection of these episodes and automate interventions to support their breathing.

After being selected by a panel of University of Tasmania experts, Kathleen will represent the University at this year’s Virtual Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition, to be hosted by the University of Queensland on October 1.

Runner-up Layla Creach (Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) – Oceans and Cryosphere) received $1,000 for her Muddy Time Machine.

The $500 People’s Choice award, as voted by the University community, went to another Menzies PhD candidate, Yaxing Meng, for When It Comes to Blood Pressure, Three is the Magic Number.

“3MT is a highlight of the year for the Higher Degree by Research community, and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unique research and new knowledge created here at the University of Tasmania,” Graduate Research Manager Shauna Lee Ward said.

​​​​​​​The finalist videos and slides can be viewed on the 3mt webpage.

Published on: 10 Sep 2020 4:24pm