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Professor Rod Hunt
Professor Rod Hunt is the Director of Neonatal Medicine at The Royal Children's Hospital, and Co-Director of Neonatal Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. After undergraduate training at Flinders University SA, and Specialist Paediatric and Neonatal Training in Sydney, Professor Hunt undertook a PhD in Neonatal Neurology supervised by Professors Terrie Inder and Lex Doyle.
He has served as Examiner on the National Examining Panel for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and currently represents The Children's Campus on the Maternity and Newborn Steering Committee for the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health.
Professor Hunt is the current Chair of the INSIGHT committee (formerly Perinatal Safety and Quality Committee) within the Maternity and Newborn Governance for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is currently the Chair of the Neonatal Sub-committee of the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM).
Current research has been funded by NHMRC: Professor Hunt has been CI on project funding in excess of $20 million.
Honorary Professor, Dept of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
Honorary Professor, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University
Research Advisory Committee for CCOPMM
Chair, Grant Review Panel, Women's and Children's Health Network, SA
Investigator with Victorian Infant Brain Studies Group (VIBeS)
Areas of research interest include:
1. Neonatal neurology - including neuroimaging with MRI and bedside neuro-investigative tools (aEEG and NIRS). He is a CI on the current NHMRC funded CRE in Newborn Medicine (PI Cheong).
2. Impact of surgery on the newborn brain, including long term neuro-developmental outcomes of neonatal surgery. Professor Hunt developed the Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-up Program at RCH.
3. The role of anaesthesia as a potential neurotoxin for the developing brain.
4. Early identification of high-risk for cerebral palsy and intervention studies to reduce burden and severity of CP.
5. The role of stem cell therapy in neuroprotection and neural repair for high-risk newborns.
- NEST – Newborn Electrographic Seizure Trial.
- RCT's of anaesthetic strategies for the young infant and their impact on long term outcome (GAS and T-REX)
- hAEC Trial - human amnion epithelial cells as neuroprotection for the very preterm infant.
- GAME - trial of early intervention in young children at high-risk of CP.
- (Professor Hunt has supervised 5 higher degrees to successful completion).
Greaves RF, PitkinJ, Ho CS, Baglin J, Hunt RW and Zacharin MR. Hormone modelling in preterm neonates: Establishment of pituitary and steroid hormone reference intervals. Accepted JCEM 01.01.15.
Olischar M, Palmer GM, Orsini F, Davidson AJ, Perkins EJ, Lee KJ, Everest NJ, Cranswick NE and Hunt RW. The addition of Tramadol to the standard of IV acetaminophen and morphine infusion for postoperative analgesia in neonates offers no clinical benefit: a randomized placebo controlled trial. Pediatric Anaesthesia 2014, accepted for publication 05/06/14.
Scratch SE, Hunt RW, Thompson DK, Doyle LW, Inder TE and Anderson PJ. Free thyroxine levels after very preterm birth and neurodevelopmental outcomes at age 7 years. Pediatrics 2014; 133(4): e955-63.
Crawford NW, Hunt RW. Rotavirus vaccine timeliness in special care nurseries. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal and Neonatal Edition. 2014 March 4, 2014:DOI:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306107.
Crawford NW, Barfield C, Hunt RW, Pitcher H and Buttery JP. Improving Preterm infants immunisation status: A Followup Audit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2013; accepted for publication 03/10/13.
Greaves RF, Zacharin MR, Donath SM, Inder TE, Doyle LW and Hunt RW. Hormone levels in infants born < 30 weeks' gestation: Establishment of gestational appropriate reference intervals for the first six weeks of life. Clinical Biochemistry 2014; accepted for publication June 2 2014.
Thompson DK, Thai D, Kelly CE, Leemans A, Tournier JD, Kean MJ, Lee KJ, Inder TE, Doyle LW, Anderson PJ and Hunt RW. Alterations in the Optic Radiations of Very Preterm Children – Perinatal Predictors and Relationships with Visual Outcomes. Neuroimage: Clinical 2014; 4: 145-153.
Jacobs SE, Berg M, Hunt R, Tarnow-Mordi WO, Inder TE, Davis PG. Cooling for newborns with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003311. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003311.pub3.
Beca J, Gunn JK, Coleman L, Hope A, Reed PW, Hunt RW, Finucane K, Brizard C, Dance B and Shekerdemian LS. New white matter brain injury after infant heart surgery is associated with diagnostic group and the use of circulatory arrest. Circulation 2013; 127: 971-9.
Gunn JK, Beca J, Hunt RW, Olischar M and Shekerdemian LS. Peri-operative amplitude-intergrated EEG and neurodevelopment in infants with congenital heart disease. Intensive Care Medicine 2012; 38: 1539-1547.
Gordon AL, Wood A, Tournier JD and Hunt RW. Corticospinal tract integrity and motor function following neonatal stroke: a case study. BMC Neurology 2012; 12: 53.