Undergraduate Science and Biomedical Science

In BME3082 you will learn about our current understanding of fetal and neonatal development. You will learn how new knowledge is created via hands-on discovery, and also how medical research is translated into clinical practice.

Course Overview

BME3082 is taught by internationally-renowned scientists and clinicians from the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

During the lectures you will learn about:

  • Maternal adaptations to pregnancy
  • Fetal development and physiology
  • Birth and the transition to extra-uterine life
  • Complications during fetal life, birth and early postnatal life
  • Long-term outcomes of perinatal complications

During practical sessions, you will experience actual medical research experiments that address current clinical problems and gaps in our knowledge relating to maternal health, fetal development, the fetal transition to extra-uterine life and neonatal complications.

You will also work with a leader in the field of obstetrics, gynaecology, perinatology or neonatology to identify a knowledge gap in the field, to design an experiment and to develop a research proposal.

Skills Gained

You will develop the following skills:

  • Clear and accurate scientific writing
  • Experimental design and analytical skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Independent, critical and clear thinking


The practical sessions are primarily based at The Ritchie Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University in the Translational Research Facility, Monash Health Translation Precinct, Clayton.


Dr Filippe Oliveira (unit co-coordinator)

A/Prof Megan Wallace (unit coordinator)
Tel: 8572 2812

The Ritchie Centre,
Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Monash University