Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health research
The Sydney Medical School Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH) research theme was established in 2011 with the aim of enhancing collaboration between the RMCH researchers in the University of Sydney and its teaching hospitals and affiliated research institutes and institutions, as well as externally, and thereby help build high quality research capacity.
Excellent reproductive health for men, women and children, together with effective medical care, are essential to give every individual the potential for a happy, healthy and productive life.
Our understanding of the effects of foetal and childhood life on adult and community health gives our researchers the best opportunity in history to have a profound effect on global health. Their focused approach in these three areas will open the door to better health and wellbeing for those in developed and developing countries.
Research translation in one of theme’s focal points. Translational medicine, often known as 'bench to bedside', focuses on moving research discoveries from the laboratory into clinical practice to diagnose and treat patients.
The questions that our researchers are pursuing cover the full spectrum from conception to lifelong health, impact on the health of the local and international community and are important for all. Our research questions include:
Why is the health of a foetus such a strong determinant in the life-long health of the person?
How can we contribute to the reduction of infant mortality in developing countries?
Is it possible to develop a male contraceptive?
The RMCH theme network aims to:
- network researchers throughout the University of Sydney and its affiliated institutes and institutions, as well as externally, building a sense of community across discipline and geographical barriers
- encourage more high quality Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health research
- build research infrastructure and assets
- increase internal and external research funding
- build research capacity in areas of need or priority, with a focus on achieving international excellence in areas of strength
- establishment of mentoring relationships with experienced researchers and
- showcase Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health research at the University of Sydney