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 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.