Clinical Trials and Studies Research Division
ARCTURUS & STARS
To conduct, promote and support high quality randomised trials and studies, to answer research questions of major importance in maternal and perinatal health, across the spectrum from preconception, through prgnancy and childbirth, infancy and later life, of relevance to women and babies worldwide.
Major research themes for ARCH for 2008-2012 to benefit women and babies are:
Care before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth
Health care and lifestyle interventions during pregnancy and their implications for later health
Child health after pregnancy and childbirth interventional studies
The appropriate evaluation of healthcare interventions by high quality randomised trials is absolutely essential to find out which are the most effective treatments, in different situations and for which individuals. The results from randomised trials provide people with the best evidence about healthcare options to inform recommendations for clinical practice and for further research.
Research is carried out within clearly identified priority areas. Currently these include interventions to improve the health outcomes of infants born preterm, care for women with borderline gestational diabetes, prevention of pre-eclampsia, prevention of preterm birth, complementary and alternative medicine in women's health and during pregnancy and childbirth, support for women in pregnancy who are overweight or obese, management of the induction of labour, care for women after a previous caesarean section, surgical techniques at caesarean section, care of women with a multiple pregnancy and impact of health and care in pregnancy and childbirth and later maternal and child health.
ARCH has two groups conducting clinical trials and studies:
- The Clinical Trials Group (ARCTURUS)
- The STARS Research Group (STARS)
Key Division Contacts: Professor Caroline Crowther, Professor Jodie Dodd, Professor Alastair MacLennan, E/Professor Jeffrey Robinson, A/Professor Ross Haslam, A/Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Ms Philippa Middleton, Dr Andrew McPhee, Dr Chad Andersen, Professor Bill Hague, A/Professor Peter Baghurst, Dr Rosalie Grivell