Monash claims multiple prestigious obstetrics conference presenting honours 

We are delighted to share that the Women’s and Newborn Program that operates between Monash Health and Monash University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has been successful in submitting some of the most well‐received research to the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 2021. 

This is by far the largest international scientific pregnancy and obstetric meeting in the world, where all of the latest and biggest trials are first presented. It will be held in the United States of America. Director, Obstetric Services Monash Health Associate Professor Ryan Hodges said that out of 1800 abstracts, the team achieved four in the top 15, representing an outstanding result for Monash 

Health and Monash University. 

“Doctor Daniel Rolnik will present work on the impact of lockdown on preterm birth rates.”  Associate Professor Hodges said. “Professor Ben Willem Mol had four other studies accepted as oral presentations with overseas collaborators in four different continents.  

“Doctor Diane Quach and Doctor Maddy Jones, who both work this year in a 50‐50 research‐clinical position, had their work accepted as a poster presentation.” 

The abstracts and poster selected are:  

Pacagnella (Brazil), Li (Australia), Mol (Australia). Abstract No 2: Pessary + progesterone to prevent preterm birth in women with a short cervix (P5 trial): randomised controlled trial (2020). 

Landman (Netherlands), Mol (Australia). Abstract No 9: Aspirin to prevent preterm birth in women with previous spontaneous preterm birth: randomised controlled trial (2020) 

Rolnik, Matheson, McGannon, Malhotra, Stewart, Palmer, Wallace, Hodges, Mol (Australia). Abstract No 11: Impact of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown on obstetric outcomes (2020) 

Mol (Australia), Tran (Vietnam)Abstract No 15: Long‐term development of children born to women with twin pregnancies treated with pessary or progesterone (2020) 

Cluver (South Africa), Mol (Australia), Tong (Australia). Abstract No 27: Metformin to treat Preterm Pre‐eclampsia (PI‐2): A randomised, double blind, placebo‐controlled trial (2020) 

Jones (Australia). Poster: The impact of BMI on management of labour: A retrospective matched cohort analysis (2020) 

Quach (Australia). Poster: Predicting caesarean section risk following induction of labour: a pooled analysis of PROBAAT trials (2020) 

We congratulate the nominees and wish them success and fun while presenting at next year’s virtual SMFM. 



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