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Professor of Newborn Medicine, The University of Western Australia

Karen Simmer is Professor of Newborn Medicine and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia. She is Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at King Edward Hospital for Women and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth. She is Director of the Human Milk Bank in Western Australia which was recently awarded the Premier’s prize for outstanding contribution to the community of Western Australia. She has paediatric specialist qualifications from the Australasian and British Colleges and was awarded a PhD in perinatal nutrition from London University
Prof Simmer is the Co-Lead of the WA Women’s and Newborns’ Network. She is Chair of the Nutrition Reference Group for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Her current research interests are in neonatal nutrition and infection.
In 2009, she has been invited to lecture at scientific meetings in China, England, Japan and India. Prof Simmer is also a Board member of numerous research and educational institutions including Presbyterian Ladies College and Bonnie Babies Foundation.


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    Professor of Newborn Medicine, University of Western Australia


    London University, PhD perinatal nutrition
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