1st fact


Preterm birth is the largest cause of death and disability in children under 5  in developed countries.


The Women and Infants Research Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors with a wealth of experience from medical, scientific and business backgrounds. Mr Alan Good is the Chairperson of the Foundation’s Board.

The Foundation is led by Professor John Newnham and staffed by a committed number of research and administrative employees. 

A Scientific Grant Advisory Committee reviews grant applications for financial support and advise the Board on their suitability for funding.  The Committee  also advise the Board on scientific matters.

WIRF is delighted to have Mrs Tonya McCusker as the Patron of the Friends of the WIRF Volunteers.

A number of Life Members have made a significant contribution to the Foundation:

  • Janet Holmes a Court
  • John Rawlinson
  • Emeritus Professor Con Michael
  • Anne Payne