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Consultant Neonatologist, Head of Neonatal Gut Health, Nutrition and Development

MD, FRACP, CCPU

Dr Gayatri Jape (MD, FRACP) is a consultant neonatologist at King Edward Memorial Hospital. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. She has worked in Pediatrics and Neonatology since last 18 years in Australia and overseas. Dr Jape is currently the Acting Clinical Lead for the Neonatal Follow Up Program at Child and Adolescent Health Service and is involved with follow up of high risk infants till age of five years. She is pursuing a PhD at UWA focussed on probiotics, nutrition and long term neurodevelopment in preterm infants.

She led a randomized controlled trial on effect of single or three strain probiotic on enteral nutrition in extremely preterm infants (SiMPro, ACTRN12615000940572) which is currently in the long term follow up phase. She also successfully completed a novel pilot clinical trial (ProPara, ACTRN 12618000489291p) comparing efficacy and safety of live and heat inactivated probiotics in preterm infants, the results of which are currently being analysed. She has published several articles and is an international reviewer for good impact peer-reviewed journals. She has received funding grants from Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (2015, 2018), Telethon Channel Seven Trust (2016, 2017), Centre for Neonatal Research and Education, UWA funding (2017) and Stan Perron Foundation Funding (2020).

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