A/Prof Flora Wong is a senior consultant neonatologist at Monash Newborn, an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University and Head of the Neonatal Brain Protection Laboratory at The Ritchie Centre, The Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Her research interests are focused on brain injury and neuroprotection in newborn infants undergoing intensive care. She has been awarded the NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (2019-2022) to continue her research commitment. Since 2010, she has successfully obtained around $4.7M of research funding from NHMRC and various Philanthropic foundations. Her projects aim at investigations of the mechanisms of newborn brain injury, development of cotside monitoring, optimising neonatal management for brain development and new neuroprotective strategies. She has gained international recognition for her work on neonatal cerebral physiology and bedside application of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to monitor neonatal cerebral oxygenation, which is published in high impact journals. Translational research is an important theme of her projects, involving complementary experimental studies in the animal models and clinical studies in preterm infants to examine cerebral pathophysiology. She leads collaborations between clinicians and scientists, and extensive collaborations internationally. She also leads the Monash Newborn Neurology and Neurodevelopment Group, which consists of medical, nursing and allied health staff working on projects together to improve the neurodevelopmental care of babies admitted into hospital.
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