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Karen Simmer

Professor Karen Simmer AO

Professor of Newborn Medicine (Neonatal Research)

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The University of Western Australia (M551)
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MB BS Syd., PhD Lond., GradCertTertEd Flin., MRCP(U.K.), FRCPCH(U.K.), FRACP
Professor Newborn Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Western Australia (WA).
Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Units, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Newborn Emergency Transport Service, WA
Co-Director NHMRC – Centre of Research Excellence for Preterm Infants and the UWA Centre for Neonatal Research and Education
Director, Human Milk Bank, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, WA
Honorary Professor, University of Sydney, Clinical Trials Centre.
Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute.
Officer in the Order of Australia for commitment to medicine in paediatrics, particularly neonatal and perinatal nutrition, to medical education as an academic, researcher and clinician (2015).
Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2017).
Key research
-Nutrition of the preterm infant – enteral and parenteral
-Human milk banks and breastfeeding
-Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and child development
-Neonatal infection – innate immunity and late-onset sepsis
-Improving the growth and development of preterm infants
-Infection, inflammation and disability after preterm birth
-Modification of human milk to meet the needs of very preterm infants
-Improving methods of processing donor human milk
-Parenteral lipid, optimal fatty acid solutions for term and preterm infants
-Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation and intelligence
-Innate immunity in preterm infants
-Probiotics and prebiotics and the prevention of necrotising enterocolitis
Over 140 peer-review publications including:
de Jong E, Hancock DG, Hibbert J, Wells C, Richmond P, Simmer K, Burgner D, Strunk T, Currie AJ. Identification of generic and pathogen-specific cord blood monocyte transcriptomes reveals a largely conserved response in preterm and term newborn infants. J Mol Med (Berl). 2017 Nov 13.
Tarnow-Mordi W, Simmer K, et al. Delayed versus Immediate Cord Clamping in Preterm Infants. Australian Placental Transfusion Study Collaborative Group. N Engl J Med. 2017 Oct 29.
Underwood MA, Davis JCC, Kalanetra KM, Gehlot S, Patole S, Tancredi DJ, Mills DA, Lebrilla CB, Simmer K. Digestion of Human Milk Oligosaccharides by Bifidobacterium breve in the Premature Infant. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2017 Oct;65(4):449-455.
Meldrum SJ, Li Y, Zhang G, Heaton AEM, D'Vaz N, Manz J, Reischl E, Koletzko BV, Prescott SL, Simmer K.. Can polymorphisms in the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene cluster alter the effects of fish oil supplementation on plasma and erythrocyte fatty acid profiles? An exploratory study. Eur J Nutr. 2017 Sep 19.
Athalye-Jape G, Rao S, Simmer K, Patole S. Bifidobacterium breve M-16V as a Probiotic for Preterm Infants: A Strain-Specific Systematic Review. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2017 Aug 1:148607117722749.
Lundgren P , Athikarisamy S, Patole S, Simmer K. Anaemia days during first week of life is a risk factor for retinopathy of prematurity. Acta Paed. In Press.
Koller-Smith LI et al Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network; Canadian Neonatal Network; Swedish Neonatal Quality Register. Comparing very low birth weight versus very low gestation cohort methods for outcome analysis of high risk preterm infants. BMC Pediatr. 2017 Jul 14;17(1):166.
Strunk, T, Campbell C, Burgner D, Charles A, French N, Sharp M, Simmer K, Nathan E, Biostat M, Doherty D. Histological chorioamnionitis and developmental outcomes in very preterm infants. Paediatrics under review
Reynolds, V, Meldrum, S, Simmer, K, Vijayasekaran, S and French, N.
A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Behavioral Voice Therapy for Dysphonia Related to Prematurity of Birth, Journal of Voice 2017;31:No2.
Collins, CT, Makrides, M, McPhee, AJ, Sullivan, TR, Davis, PG, Thio, M, Simmer, K, Rajadurai, VS, Travadi, J, Berry, MJ. and Liley, HG.
Docosahexaenoic Acid and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Preterm Infants, New England Journal of Medicine 2017;376:1245-55.
Rao, S, Simmer, K and Patole, S. Probiotic supplementation in neonates with major gastrointestinal surgical conditions: A systematic review, The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 2017; Apr 25: 1-7.
Strunk, T, Hibbert, J, Doherty, D, Granland, C, Trend, S, Simmer, K, Burgner, D, Patole, S and Currie, A. Probiotics and antimicrobial protein and peptide levels in preterm infants, Acta Paediatrica 2017. ISSN 0803-5253.
Burgner, DP, Doherty, D, Humphreys, J, Currie, A, Simmer, K, Charles, A and Strunk, T. Maternal Chorioamnionitis and Postneonatal Respiratory Tract Infection in Ex-Preterm Infants, The Journal of Pediatrics May 2017; 184:62-7.
Underwood MA, Davis JCC, Kalanetra KM, Gehlot S, Patole S, Tancredi DJ, Mills DA, Lebrilla CB, Simmer K. Digestion of human milk oligosaccharides by Bifidobacterium breve in the premature infant. Under review JPEN
Lloyd ML, Malacova E, Hartmann B, Simmer K. Growth of extremely preterm infants receiving pasteurized donor human milk as their major nutrient source compared with those receiving predominantly their mother’s own milk. Under review. Am J Clin Nutrition

Meldrum SJ, Zhang G, Li Y, Heaton AEM, D’Vaz N, Manz J, Reischl E, Koleztko BV, Prescott SL, Simmer K. Polymorphisms in the fatty acid desaturase (FADS) gene cluster alter the effects of fish oil supplementation on plasma and erythrocyte fatty acid profiles. In press European J of Nutrition.
Reynolds V, Meldrum S, Simmer K, Vijayasekaran S, French N. A randomized, controlled trial of behavioral voice therapy for dysphonia related to prematurity of birth. J Voice. 2016 Sep 8. Pii: S0892-1997(16)30051-0
Lloyd ML, Hod N, Jayaraman J, Marchant EA, Christen L, Chiang P, Hartmann P, Shellam GR, Simmer K. Inactivation of Cytomegalovirus in Breast Milk Using Ultraviolet-C Irradiation: Opportunities for a New Treatment Option in Breast Milk Banking. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 18;11(8):e0161116
Boyce C, Watson M, Lazidis G, Reeve S, Dods K, Simmer K, McLeod G. Preterm human milk composition: a systematic literature review. Br J Nutr. 2016 Sep;116(6):1033-45.
Jacobi-Polishook T, Collins CT, Sullivan TR, Simmer K, Gillman MW, Gibson RA, Makrides M, Belfort MB. Human milk intake in preterm infants and neurodevelopment at 18 months corrected age. Pediatr Res. 2016 Jun 29. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.114.
Collins CT, Gibson RA, Makrides M, McPhee AJ, Sullivan TR, Davis PG, Thio M, Simmer K, Rajadurai VS; N3RO Investigative Team. The N3RO trial: a randomised controlled trial of docosahexaenoic acid to reduce bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm infants < 29 weeks' gestation.
BMC Pediatr. 2016 Jun 1;16:72.
Shah PS, Lui K, Sjörs G, Mirea L, Reichman B, Adams M, Modi N, Darlow BA, Kusuda S, San Feliciano L, Yang J, Håkansson S, Mori R, Bassler D, Figueras-Aloy J, Lee SK; International Network for Evaluating Outcomes (iNeo) of Neonates. Neonatal Outcomes of Very Low Birth Weight and Very Preterm Neonates: An International Comparison. J Pediatr. 2016 May 24. pii: S0022-3476(16)30193-7.
Patole SK, Rao SC, Keil AD, Nathan EA, Doherty DA, Simmer KN, Benefits of Bifidobacterium breve M-16V Supplementation in Preterm Neonates – A Retrospective Cohort Study. PLoS One. 2016 Mar 8;11(3):e0150775.
Rao SC, Athalye-Jape GK, Deshpande CG, Simmer KN, Patole SK. Probiotic Supplementation and Late-Onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2016 Mar;137(3):e20153684.
Patole SK, Keil AD, Nathan E, Doherty D, Esvaran M, Simmer KN, Conway P. Effect of Bifidobacterium breve M-16V supplementation on faecal bifidobacteria in growth restricted very preterm infants – analysis from a randomized trial. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016 Feb 26:1-5.
Stenson B, Tarnow-Mordi W….Simmer K. BOOST II Australian and UK collaborative groups. Outcomes of Two Trials of Oxygen Saturation Targets in Preterm Infants. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016, Feb 25;374(8):749:60.
Reynolds V, Meldrum S, Simmer K, Vijayasekaran S, French N. Voice problems in school-aged children following very preterm birth. Arch Dis Child. 2016 Jun;101(6):556-60.
Simmer K. Fish-oil supplementation: the controversy continues. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Jan:103(1):1-2.
Simmer K, Kok C, Nancarrow K, Hepworth AR, Geddes DT. Novel feeding system to promote establishment of breastfeeds after preterm birth: a randomised controlled trial. J Perinatol. 2016 Mar;36(3):210-5.
Trend S, Strunk T, Lloyd ML, Kok CH, Metcalfe J, Geddes DT, Lai CT, Richmond P, Doherty DA, Simmer K, Currie A. Levels of innate immune factors in preterm and term mothers’ breast milk during the first month postpartum. Br J Nutr. 2016, Apr 14;115(7):1178-93.
McLeod G, Sherriff J, Hartmann P, Nathan L, Geddes D, Simmer K. Comparing different methods of human milk fortification using measured versus assumed macronutrient composition: a pilot RCT. Br J Nutr. 2016 Feb14;115(3):431-9.
Hossain S, Shah PS, Ye XY, Darlow BA, Lee SK, Lui K; Canadian Neonatal Network; Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network. Outborns or Inborns: Where are the differences? A comparison study of very preterm Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Infants cared for in Australia and New Zealand and in Canada. Neonatology. 2016;109(1):76-84.
Patole S, Keil A, Chang A, Nathan E, Doherty D, Simmer K, Esvaran M, Conway P. Effect of bifidobacterium breve M-16V supplementation on fecal bifidobacteria in preterm neonates – a randomised double blind placebo controlled trial. PLoS One. 2014 Mar;9(3):e89511. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016 Feb 26:1-5.
Reynolds V, Meldrum S, Simmer K, Vijayasekaran S, French N. Dysphonia in extremely preterm children: A longitudinal observation. Logoped Phoniatr Vocol. 2016 Dec;41(4):154-8.
McLeod G, Simmer K, Sherriff J, Nathan E, Geddes D, Hartmann P. Feasibility study: Assessing the influence of macronutrient intakes on preterm body composition, using air displacement plethysmography. J Paediatr Child Health. 2015;51(9)862-9..
Collins C, Gibson R, Anderson P, McPhee A, Sullivan T, Gould J, Ryan P, Doyle L, Davis P, McMichael J, French N, Colditz P, Simmer K, Morris S, Mkrides M. Neurodevelopmental outcomes at 7 years’ corrected age in preterm infants who were fed high-dose docosahexaenoic acid to term equivalent: a follow-up of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2015 Mar;5(3):e007314.
Trend S, Strunk T, Hibbert J, Kok CH, Zhang G, Doherty D, Richmond P, Burgner D, Simmer K, Davidson D, Currie A. Antimicrobial protein and peptide concentrations and activity in human breast milk consumed by preterm infants at risk of late-onset neonatal sepsis. PLoS One. 2015 Feb2;10(2):e0117038.
Trend S, de Jong E, Lloyd M, Kok C, Richmond P, Doherty D, Simmer K, Kakulas F. Strunk T, Currie A. Leukocyte populations in human preterm and term breast milk identified by multicolour flow cytometry. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 19;10(8):e0135580.
Simmer K, Patole S. Implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding programme in DR Congo. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Sep;3(9):e506-7.
Simmer K. Human Milk Fortification. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser. 2015;81:111-21.
Meldrum S, Dunstan JA, Foster JK, Simmer K, Prescott SL. Maternal fish oil supplementation in pregnancy: a 12 year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial. Nutrients. 2015 May;7(3):2061-7.
Yeo KT, Lee QY, Quek WS, Wang YA, Bolisetty S, Lui K, Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network. Trends in morbidity and mortality of extremely preterm multiple gestation newborns. Pediatrics. 2015 Aug;136(2):263-71.
Sharp M, Campbell C, Chiffings D, Simmer K, French N. Improvement in long-term breastfeeding for very preterm infants. Breastfeed Med. 2015 Apr;10(3):145-9.
Perrella SL, Hepworth AR, Gridneva Z, Simmer KN, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT. Gastric emptying and curding of pasteurized donor human milk and mother’s own milk in preterm infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015Jul;61(1):125-9.
Reynolds V, Meldrum S, Simmer K, Vijayasekaran S, French N. Laryngeal pathology at school age following very preterm birth. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Mar;79(3):398-404.
Perrella SL, Hepworth AR, Simmer KN, Geddes DT. Influences of breast milk composition on gastric emptying in preterm infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2015 Feb;60(2):264-71.
Embleton ND, Simmer K. Practice of parenteral nutrition in VLBW and ELBW infants. World Rev Nutr Diet. 2015;110:177-89.
Perrella SL, Hepworth AR, Simmer KN, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT. Repeatability of gastric volume measurements and intragastric content using ultrasound in preterm infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Aug;59(2):254-63.
Granland C, Strunk T, Hibbert J, Prosser A, Simmer K, Burgner D, Richmond P, Currie AJ. NOD1 and NOD2 expression and function in very preterm infant mononuclear cells. Acta Paediatr. 2014 Jan 20.
Sharp M, Campbell C, Simmer K. Communication skills training in paediatrics. J Paediatr Child Health. 2014 Jan;50(1)85.
Reynolds V, Meldrum S, Simmer K, Vijayasekaran S, French N. Dysphonia in preterm children: Assessing incidence and response to treatment. Contemporary Clinical Trials; 2013;37(2): 170-175.
Heaton AE, Meldrum SJ, Foster JK, Prescott SL, Simmer K. Does docosahexaenoic acid supplem. Frontiers of Neuroscience 2013 Nov 20;7:774.
Deshpande G, Simmer K, Deshmukh M, Mori TA, Croft KD, Kristensen J. Fish oil (SMOF lipid) and olive oil lipid (Clinoleic) in very preterm neonates. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Feb;58(2):179-84.
Prosser A, Hibbert J, Strunk T, Kok CH, Simmer K, Richmond P, Burgner D, Currie A. Phagocytosis of neonatal pathogens by peripheral blood neutrophils and monocytes from newborn preterm and term infants. Pediatr res. 2013 Nov;74(5):503-10.
Perrella SL, Hepworth AR, Simmer KN, Geddes DT. Validation of ultrasound methods to monitor gastric volume changes in preterm infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Dec;57(6):741-9.
Meldrum SJ, Strunk T, Currie A, Prescott SL, Simmer K, Whitehouse AJ. Autism spectrum disorder in children born preterm-role of exposure to perinatal inflammation. Front Neurosci. 2013 Jul 22;7:123.
Rakshasbhuvankar A, Rao S, Kohan R, Simmer K, Nagarajan L. Intravenous levetiracetam for treatment of neonatal seizures. J Clin Neurosc2013 Aug;20(8):1165-7.
Simmer K, Rakshasbhuvankar A, Deshpande G. Standardised parenteral nutrition. Nutrients. 2013 Mar 28;5(4):1058-70.
McLeod G, Geddes D, Nathan E, Sherriff J, Simmer K, Hartmann P. Feasibility of using ultrasound to measure preterm body composition and to assess macronutrient influences on tissue accretion rates. Early Hum Dev. 2013 Mar 24;89:577-82.
Howman RA, Charles AK, Jacques A, Doherty DA, Simmer K, Strunk T, Richmond PC, Cole CH, Burgner DP. Inflammatory and haematological markers in the maternal, umbilical cord and infant circulation in histological chorioamnionitis. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e51836.
McLeod G, Sherriff J, Nathan E, Hartmann PE, Simmer K. Four-week nutritional audit of preterm infants born <33 weeks gestation. J Paediatr Child Health. 2013 Apr;49(4):E332-9.
Paul S, Kohan R, French N, McMichale J, Zhang B, Simmer K. Poractant alfa v beractant for respiratory distress syndrome in preterm infants: a retrospective cohort study. J Pead Child Health. 2013 Oct;49(10):839-44.
BOOST II United Kingdom Collaborative Group; BOOST II Australia Collaborative Group; BOOST II New Zealand Collaborative Group, Stenson B, Simmer K,et al. Oxygen saturation and outcomes in preterm infants. N Engl J Med. 2013 May 30;368(22):2094-104.
Cannon J, Mueller U, Doherty D, Hornbuckle J, Larson A, Simmer K, J Newnham. Economic implications of poor access to antenatal care in rural and remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities. An individual sampling model of pregnancy. European journal of operational research. European Journal of Operational Research;226:313-324
Strunk T, Currie A, Simmer K, Burgner D. Chronic maternal infection during pregnancy. Lancet. Infectious Disease 2012; 12:5
Strunk T, Prosser A, Levy O, Philbin V, Simmer K, Doherty D, Charles A, Richmond P, Burgner D, Currie A. Responsiveness of human monocytes to the commensal bacterium staphylococcus epidermidis develops late in gestation. Pediatr Res. 2012 Jul;72(1):10-8. doi:10.1038/pr.2012.48.
Strunk T, Simmer K, Burgner D. Prematurity and mortality in childhood and early adulthood. JAMA. 2012 Jan 4;307(1):32.
Strunk T, Doherty D, Jacques A, Simmer K, Richmond P, Kohan R, Charles A, Burgner D. Histologic chorioamnionitis is associated with reduced risk of late-onset sepsis in preterm infants. Pediatrics. 2012 Jan;129(1):e134-41.
Simmer K, Patole SK, Rao SC. Longchain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infants born at term. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Dec 7;12:CD000376. Review.
Rao S, Simmer K. World Health Organization growth charts for monitoring the growth of Australian children: Time to begin the debate. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Nov 3. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.
Simmer K. The knowns and unknowns of human milk banking. Nestle Nutr Workshop Ser Pediatr Program. 2011;68:49-61.
Strunk T,..Simmer K, Burgner D. Innate immunity in human newborn infants: prematurity means more than immaturity. The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2011. Jan 24 (1):25-3.
Simmer K, Mori TA. Omega 3 fatty acid supplements and cardiovascular health: commentary on the article by de Jong et al. on page 411. Pediatr Res. 2011 Oct;70(4):325-6.

Meldrum SJ, D’Vaz N, Casadio Y, Dunstan JA, Krogsgaard-Larsen N, Simmer K, Prescott SL. Determinants of DHA levels in early infancy: differential effects of breastmilk and direct fish oil supplementation. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2012 Jun;86(6):233-9.
Meldrum S, D’Vaz N, Dunstan JA, Mori TA, Hird K, Simmer K, Prescott SL. Allergic disease in the first year of life is associated with differences in subsequent neurodevelopment and behaviour. Early Human Development. 2012 Jul:88(7):567-73.
Rao SC, Banani L, Simmer K, Samnakay N, Deshpande G. Peritoneal drainage versus laparotomy as initial surgical treatment for perforated necrotising enterocolitis or spontaneous intestinal perforation in preterm LBW infants. Cochrane Database Syst rev 2011. Jun 15; 6: CD006182.
Manley BJ, Makrides M, Simmer K. High Dose docosahexaenoic adcid supplementation of preterm infants: respiratory and allergic outcomes. Pediatrics 2011; 128: e71-77.
McLeod G, Simmer K. Critical issues in parenteral and enteral nutrition for preterm infants. Invited Review. Current Paediatric Reviews.
Resnick SM, Jacques A, Patole S, Simmer K. Does after-hours in-house senior physician cover improve standard of care and outcomes in high-risk preterm neonates? A retrospective cohort study. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011; 47 (11): 795-801
Currie A, Curtis S, Strunk T, Riley K, Liyanage K, Prescott S, Doherty D, Simmer K, Richmond P, Burgner D. Preterm infants have deficient monocyte and lymphocyte cytokine responses to group B streptococcus. Infect Immun 2011;79(4):1588-96.
Collins CT, Makrides M, Gibson RA, McPhee AJ, Davis PG, Doyle LW, Simmer K, Colditz PB, Morris S, Sullivan TR and Ryan P. Pre and post term growth in preterm infants supplemented with higher-dose DHA: a randomised controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 2011 Mar;29:1-9.
McLeod G, Simmer K, Benninger H, Mitoulas L, Doherty D, Sherriff J. Preterm infants with chronic lung disease: are protein and energy intakes after discharge sufficient for optimal growth. J Paediatr Child Health. 2011;47(3):127-33.
Deshpande G, Simmer K. Lipids for parenteral nutrition in neonates. Nutrition Review. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 2011;14(2):145-50.
Meldrum S, Smith M, Prescott S, Simmer K. Achieving definitive results in term infant LCPUFA supplementation trials: factors for consideration. Nutrition Reviews. 2011;69(4):205-214.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Co-Director – NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Pre-term Infants
Co-Director – UWA Centre for Neonatal Research & Education
Chair Academic Board and Council, and member of the Senate (UWA). (2008-2012)
Director, Human Milk Bank, WA. (2006 -).
Director, Neonatal Intensive Care, King Edward Memorial and Princess Margaret Hospitals. (2001-)

FAAHMC. Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, 2017
Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2010
Graduate Diploma in HSM (Health Law). ECU 2003
MBBS, (First Class Honours) Sydney University, 1979
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education, Flinders University of South Australia, 1998
FRCPCH, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health, 1997
FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1987
PhD, London University, 1986
MRCP, Royal College of Physicians, UK, 1984
Funding received
2017-2012 Grand Solutions – Denmark Innovation Fund.
Sangild PT….Simmer K Bovine colostrum for newborn infants $7,163,000

2017-2018 Telethon/PCH Currie A (Simmer K AI) Plasma secretory type 2 phospholipase A2: a novel diagnostic marker for neonatal late-onset sepsis, $196,070

2016-2020 NHMRC 1105322.
Simmer, Strunk, Tarnow-Mordi, Patole, Anderson, Hague, Inder, Doherty, Marlow, Barrington.
Can pentoxifylline improve longterm outcomes of preterm infants with late-onset sepsis or necrotising enterocolitis- a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.

2016-2020 NHMRC 1099480.
Prescott, Keelan, Simmer, Palmer, Allcock, Lassmann.
Dietary modulation of maternal gut flora with oligosaccharides in pregnancy as a novel allergy prevention strategy.

2015-2019 NHMRC ID 1085832,
Edmonds K, Atkinson D, Marley J, Trust S, Angeleke C, Fitzpatrick J, Marriot R, Hunt C, McAullay D, Simmer K.
Improving antenatal care for Aboriginal mothers in the Kimberley region of western Australia. A population and region based step wedge cluster randomised trial driven by local health service providers.

2015 – 2016 Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
Rao S, Patole S, Jape G, Simmer K.
Effect of single versus multi-strain probiotic supplementation on the time to full enteral feeds in preterm neonates – a double blind randomised controlled trial.

2015 Medical & Health Research Infrastructure Fund
Simmer K
MHRIF Round 19
MHRIF Round 18

2014 NHMRC Equipment Grants
Silva D, Prescott S, Beaman M, Blyth C, Carapetis J, Carter K, Colvin L, Eastwood P, Gibson L, Glauert R, Hall G, Haynes A, Huang R-C, Jogeling B, Keelan J, Lassmann T, Moses E, Northcott N, Palmer D, Richmond P, Simmer K, Vickery A, Whitehouse A.
Body Composition PEA POD

2014 - 2016 Telethon/Perth Children’s Hospital
Blackwell, Jamieson, Simmer, Charles, Dickinson, Laing, Baynam, Goldblatt, Dawkins, Bower, Allcock, Francis, Skoss, Murphy, Beilby, Davis, Graham, Ravenscroft, Leonard
SegNextGen : Translating NextGen Sequencing for the diagnosis of developmental anomalies and rare diseases

2013 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence
Pillow J, Simmer K et al.
Improving the immediate and longer-term health outcomes of preterm infants.

2013-2017 NHMRC ID 1047689
University of Western Australia
Pillow J, Hall G, Hantos Z, Gill A, Wilson A, Doherty D(CIs). Simmer K (AI)
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia: Identifying cardiorespiratory consequences and targets for prevention and intervention.

2013 Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
Simmer K, Hartmann P, Shellam G, Keil A, Lloyd M.
CMV infection of preterm babies from expressed breast milk: defining markers of infection risk.

2013 UWA Collaborative Research Award (Imperial College)
McLeod G, Modi N, Simmer K, Reeder A, Nathan L.
Metabolomic outcomes in extreme preterm infants.

2011 Medela, Switzerland.
(2011 $100,000, 2015 $80,000)
Randomised clinical trial – innovative feeding system

2011-15 NHMRC ID 1022112
($1.9 million)
Adelaide University
Collins C, Gibson R, McPhee A, Thio M, Sullivan T, Simmer K, Rajadurai V.
DHA for the reduction of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature babies.

2011 -2014 NHMRC ID 1022255
University of Western Australia
Doherty D, Newnham J, Larson A, Hornbuckle J, Simmer K, Henderson J.
Improvements in the Aboriginal maternal and infant health outcomes due to the introduction of Aboriginal Health Workers into tertiary care.
French, Year 12
Academy of Health and Medical Science
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Harvard Club
Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK)
Paediatric Research Society (UK)
Cochrane Collaboration, Neonatal Review Group
Sydney University Blues Association
Honours and awards
Officer Order of Australia
Inaugural winner of the Director General's Choice Award for most outstanding contribution to the health of the Australian Community. (Human Milk Bank) 2007
Premier’s award for Excellence in Public Sector Management. Creating a Healthy, Safe and Vibrant Western Australia. (Human Milk Bank) 2008
Pride of Australia Award, Community Spirit, (K Simmer) - finalist 2008
Previous positions
Lead. WA Women's and Newborns' Health Network. Department of Health, WA.
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Flinders University of South Australia
1998Senior Staff Specialist in Neonatology, Flinders Medical Centre
Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, Flinders University of South Australia
1987 Senior Staff Specialist in Neonatology, Flinders Medical Centre
1986 Lecturer in Neonatology, United Dental and Medical Schools of Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospitals, University of London
1982-1985Senior Registrar in Paediatrics, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
1982Senior Registrar in Neonatology, St George’s Hospital, London
1980-1982 Resident and Registrar, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney
1979-1980 Intern, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney
Human milk fortifiers and methods of their production. European Patent Office. Application 0440 5592. 9 and 0440 55671.1
Method for analysing and treating human milk and system thereof. European Patent Office. Application 0440 5591. 1 and 0440 5566.3
International Program of Preterm Nutrition (NNI).
Postgraduate. Graduate Diploma in Masters Neonatology
Postgraduate Advanced Trainees in Neonatal Paediatrics.
Postgraduate Masters and PhD students.
Undergraduate Medical Students in Fourth and Fifth year.
Current external positions
Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Council and Education Committee.
Bonnie Babies Foundation, Medical Board.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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