What this specialist has learnt after tracking premature babies for 25 years


Professor Lex Doyle, professor in neonatal paediatrics at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Sydney, talks about ongoing research into extremely premature babies.

Has there been any single finding from the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study (VICS) that has been especially important?

In the 1960s, only one in three babies weighing 1500g or less survived. Babies weighing less than 1000g were considered non-viable, but a few managed to survive. Since outcomes for the most immature babies were considered so