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Expertise: Premature babies

Prof Kathleen Costeloe Cbe
My initial interest was in the development and evaluation of non-invasive techniques for measuring cardio-respiratory function in the newborn infant. My first research post was at the Hammersmith Hospital from 1974 - 76 under the supervision of Prof Simon Godfrey where I worked with Janet Stocks, now Professor of Respiratory Physiology in the Institute of Child Health. When I returned to London and established the Neonatal Unit at Homerton in 1986 I re-established my links with Professor Stocks and together we established a neonatal lung function laboratory within the neonatal unit at Homerton. With epidemiological input from Prof Carol Dezateux, this has been a fruitful collaboration studying a range of influences, ethnicity, fetal growth restriction, maternal smoking and the effect of preterm birth itself on the development of the lung in the premature baby. We are in the final stages of analysing data from a study looking at origins of chronic lung disease of prematurity (BPD) and have recently secured funding from the BLF (grant held at ICH/UC) to apply novel methodologies to study mechanics in babies born

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