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Prof. Dr Karen Simmer AO, MBBS, PhD, Grad Dip HSM,FRACP, FRCPCH, FAICD

Professor of Newborn Medicine and Director, Centre of Neonatal Research and Education, University of Western Australia
Co-director, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)–Centre of Research Excellence for Preterm Infants
Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth, Australia.

Dr Karen Simmer is a consultant neonatal paediatrician. She is a professor at the University of Western Australia and an honorary professor at the NHMRC Clinical Trials centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. She underwent training at Sydney, London and Harvard Universities. She has specialist qualifications from Australasian and British Colleges.

She is leading a large, international, randomised clinical trial aimed to reduce inflammation and improve disability-free survival after preterm birth. Her research team based in Perth investigates nutrition, infections and brain development to improve the care of vulnerable infants.

Prof. Simmer is an advocate for breastfeeding. She established the first human milk bank in Australia that received the Director General’s award for outstanding contribution to the health of Western Australians. This model of care is being implemented in other states of Australia by the Australian Red Cross as well as in other countries in the region.

In 2015, Prof. Simmer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to medicine as an academic researcher and clinician. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts.