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Black Laboratory

Cardiovascular and Renal Developmental Programming

Welcome to the Black Lab

We study how factors very early in life such as maternal malnutrition, maternal infection, placental insufficiency, antenatal corticosteroids and premature birth affect organ development.

We're part of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, and a member of the Development & Stem Cells and Cardiovascular Disease Programs, and the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

Professor (Mary) Jane Black

My global research connections, partners and funding can be viewed on my Monash Research Profile.

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Our research

We are particularly interested in determining how exposure to adverse factors in pregnancy and maternal medications during pregnancy influence the development of the kidneys, heart and vasculature and the short-term and long-term consequences to renal and cardiovascular health. Additionally, we study the effects of preterm birth, as well as its antecedents and factors associated with neonatal care, on the development of the heart, kidneys and vasculature. We also investigate the consequences of preterm birth on postnatal renal and cardiovascular health in the short-term and long-term. Our research involves studies in human infants, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian infants, as well as studies in animal models.

It is important to determine how these early life insults affect the developing heart, kidneys and blood vessels given that the early life developmental period establishes the lifelong structural architecture (and thus function) of these organs.

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