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Jennifer Pillow

Assoc/Prof Jane Pillow

Associate Professor
Human Sciences, School of

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School of Human Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3318

Neonatal Research and Education, Centre for

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Centre for Neonatal Research and Education
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 9340 1208
+61 8 9340 1266
BMedSci MB BS Qld, PhD W.Aust., FRACP
Professor Jane Pillow is a clinical academic neonatologist at the University of Western Australia. She pursued undergraduate medical studies at the University of Queensland. A one-year interruption to her medical education to undertake research at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne as part of a Bachelor of Medical Science underpinned a life-long enthusiasm for medical research. After internship in Townsville, she moved to Victoria to undertake Paediatric Training, subsequently specialising further in Neonatology. She subsequently pursued PhD studies at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Perth (1997-2000), and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship at The Institute of Child Health in London (2001-3) before returning to Perth in 2004.
Professor Pillow is acknowledged internationally as an expert in the area of neonatal respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation. She has obtained over $13 million AUD in research funding, including 8 NHMRC project grants since 2007 (5 as CIA), 1 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CIA/Co-Director) and 4 grants from the NIH (3 as Australian CI).
Key research
Professor Pillow’s research interests evolve from her determination to improve the respiratory outcomes of preterm infants through development and enhanced understanding of novel approaches to mechanical ventilation and postnatal care. She is Director of the Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit (PICRU) – a unique (inter)national facility for extended duration care of preterm lambs as a model of lung disease associated with preterm birth. PICRU studies evaluate the long-term systemic outcomes associated with controversial or promising new neonatal therapies. Prof Pillow’s clinical research includes clinical trials of novel respiratory treatments such as nebulised surfactant, as well as restoration of circadian rhythm to premature infants. She runs a neonatal lung function laboratory and is involved in lung function follow-up functional studies of children born prematurely at King Edward Memorial Hospital. A major focus of clinical research is the recently funded NHMRC PIFCO (Preterm Infant Functional and Clinical Outcomes) which is recruit ing and obtaining comprehensive cardiorespiratory, immunological, nutritional and metabolic outcomes on 500 preterm infants.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Professor Pillow is Co-Director of the UWA Centre for Neonatal Research and Education. She is also CIA and Co-Director on a recently announced NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Improving the Immediate and Longer-Term Outcomes of Preterm Infants. Prof Pillow is an experienced NHMRC project grants and fellowship applications reviewer (since 1999), previously serving on NHMRC grant review panels. She is a current member of the NHMRC Assigners Academy (2013-16), and has ongoing peer review responsiblities to local and international grant funding and scientific publication bodies. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Prof Pillow is a Consultant Neonatologist in the Women’s and Newborn’s Health Service.
Additionally, Prof Pillow has extensive commitments to undergraduate, postgraduate and clinical education through involvement in University course delivery and small group theoretical and practical workshops throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
Future research
Future research will continue to have a major focus on treatments that improve respiratory outcomes in preterm infants. However, Prof Pillow's research is increasingly developing along more integrative pathways, as treatments that focus on improved immediate and longer term outcomes across multiple body systems are pursued.

Additionally, Prof Pillow is focused on leading and developing transdisciplinary research, within and beyond current research focus areas.
Funding received
OVer $13M Career Funding

Current NHMRC Funding includes:

Lung, Heart and Respiratory Muscle Disease After Preterm Birth
Pillow JJ, Hall GL, Hantos Z, Wilson A, Gill AW, Doherty D:

Improving the Immediate and Longer Term Outcomes of Preterm Infants (CRE)Pillow JJ, Simmer K, Patole S, Strunk T, Moss TJM, Burgner D, Whitehouse A, Prescott S, Tingay D, Gill AW

APP1057759Separating the adverse neurodevelopmental consequences of mechanical ventilation and postnatal steroids in preterm lambs
Pillow JJ, Blache D, Albertine KH, Noble PB, Gill AW, Black MJ, Rubenson J

Human amnion epithelial cell therapy for bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Moss TJM, Lim R, Polglase GR & Pillow JJ

NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship
Pillow JJ

Ontogeny of the airway smooth muscle layer in health and disease
Noble PB, Pillow JJ, James A, Elliot J

Other Significant Funding:

NIHLBI R01 HL111745
Endogenous surfactant therapy for the preterm lungSuki B, Bartolak-Suki E, Pillow JJ

Telethon Perth Children’s Hospital Research FundThe Circa Diem Trial: Reintroducing circadian cues to decrease length of stay, improve growth and metabolic outcomes in preterm neonates
Mark PM, Pillow JJ, Maloney S, Waddel B
Industrial relevance
Prof Pillow works closely with a number of medical device companies to improve equipment and strategies used in the delivery of respiratory care to newborn infants.
Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
American Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Australian Medical Association
Honours and awards
NHMRC 10 of the Best Project Grants 2015
Vice-Chancellor's Mid Career Research Award 2015
Previous positions
PSANZ National Executive
Respiratory physiology
Mechanical ventilation
Scientific writing
Writing in Large Documents
Biostatistics (Honours Level)
Useful links
Current projects
Steroidal and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Treatments to Improve Preterm Outcomes

Restoring Circadian Rhythm to Improve Neurodevelopment and Reduce Risk of Metabolic Syndrome in Later Life

Biozone - Transdisciplinary Biomedical/Biological Research and Training at UWA
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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