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Timothy Moss

Inflammation and Preterm Birth

  • Speaker: Timothy Moss , PhD
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, .1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Fifteen million babies are born preterm every year, with rates varying from 5 – 18% between different countries. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn mortality and is a major contributor to neonatal morbidity. Infection and/or inflammation are central to the aetiology of a majority of preterm babies’ risk of illness and death in the short term, and likely have life long influences on health. Our work has shown that the cardiovascular, respiratory, central nervous, and immune systems are all greatly altered by exposure to inflammation before birth. As we learn more about the consequences of infection/inflammation on development, we are realizing that vulnerability of preterm infants is not solely due to their immaturity at birth.