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WIRF is one of Australia's leading organisations that is dedicated to improving the health of women and infants.

Achievements and Timeline

WIRF Achievements Overview

For more than 40 years, the Women and Infants Research Foundation has conducted and supported research to improve the health of women and infants.

Scroll through our timeline to share some of our achievements and history since WIRF began in 1976.

  • Artificial womb breaks its 4 minute mile

    A major advancement in pioneering technology based around the use of an artificial womb to save extremely premature babies is hailed as a medical and biotechnological breakthrough and a significant milestone in the future clinical application of this technology.

  • Artificial womb program achieves top rating

    A WIRF program which proposes an artificial womb as a pioneering medical intervention to save extremely premature babies, has done what few other projects ever have; achieving a perfect score by the key driver of health and medical research in Australia, NHMRC.

  • WA gathers for WIRF Spring Gala 2018

    More than 310 people attended the 2018 WIRF Spring Gala-Banquet for Babies held at Fraser's State Reception Centre, raising an astounding $139,000 for women’s and infants’ health.

  • WIRF takes the national media stage

    A new WIRF study examining the link between a woman’s bacterial signature and preterm birth is featured on Seven’s Sunrise as a major medical breakthrough in preterm birth prevention and attracts national media attention.

  • The importance of Women's Mental Health

    WIRF unveils its newest area of research focus - Women’s Mental Health - to be spearheaded by leading Perinatal Psychiatrist, Professor Megan Galbally.

  • A national approach to preventing preterm birth

    The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance is unveiled by the WA Health Minister, Roger Cook, and adopts the key practice points of WIRF’s Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative.

  • Stan Perron funding enables new ear for WIRF

    Substantial funding over a 4 year period provided by the Stan Perron Charitable Trust is set to greatly improve the outlook for women and infants across the country and includes the establishment of a new Fellowship in honour of the late Mr Stan Perron AM.

  • Study optimises steroid use in pregnancy

    A new WIRF study reveals it is possible to achieve maturation of the preterm lung equivalent to that given by current treatments using approximately 70% less drug, and with it, adverse effects to both mother and child.

  • Landmark WA cancer gene hunt launched

    A world-first program which will retrospectively study women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, TRACEBACK, is launched and includes key investigators from WIRF.

  • Artificial womb raises hope for premature babies

    A collaborative WIRF research project has successfully used artificial womb to successfully incubate healthy baby lambs for a period of one week.

  • Preterm initiative recognised as a Report of Major Impact

    The WA Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative is recognised as a 'Report of Major Impact', by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

  • Cycle study recognised as a Report of Major Impact

    A research collaboration involving several WA researchers is recognised as a 'Report of Major Impact', by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

  • Research achieves 8% reduction in rate of preterm birth

    Findings from the first year of the preterm birth prevention initiative reveal an 8% reduction (200 fewer) in the rate of preterm birth across WA from 2013-15.

  • Inaugural Banquet for Babies

    The inaugural Banquet for Babies is held at Frasers State Reception Centre and attended by more than 180 people from the health and business community.

  • Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative unveiled

    On World Prematurity Day 2014, WIRF launches the world-unique Western Australian Preterm Birth Initiative which has the sole aim of safely lowering the rate of early birth, saving lives and preventing disability.

  • Discovery of new drug to prevent preterm birth

    New antibiotic drug, Solithromycin is found to dramatically reduce the number of babies born preterm.

  • Blood test to identify women at risk of preterm birth

    A research consortium involving WIRF researchers develop a blood test that can indicate if a woman showing early signs of labour will go on to deliver her baby prematurely.

  • WIRF partners with DOHaD

    WIRF becomes the official partner of the International DOHaD Society in holding the 5th World Congress.

  • Inaugural Executive Director appointed

    Professor John Newnham is appointed as the Foundation’s Inaugural Executive Director.

  • Raine Study commences

    The Western Australian Pregnancy (Raine) Cohort Study, one of the world's largest and most successful longitudinal pregnancy cohorts, commences with the recruitment of 2900 pregnant women.

  • Perinatal sheep program begins

    Perinatal sheep program is launched in Perth which uses sheep as a model of human pregnancy and the newborn. Many important discoveries have come from these studies.

  • A brave new venture

    The new cooperative would appoint Governor of WA, Air Chief Marshall Sir Wallace Hart Kyle as its first patron with early focus on the development of a generation of future researchers.

  • WIRF opens its doors

    The Women and Infants Research Foundation (formerly the King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Foundation) officially opens its doors.

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Women and Infants Research Foundation
Carson House, King Edward Memorial Hospital
374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA 6008

Telephone: 08 6458 1437
Fax: 08 6458 1642
Email: info@wirf.com.au

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